Hawksbill turtles mating

Hawksbill turtles mating

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Caption: Hawksbill turtles mating (Eretmochelys imbricata). Like other sea turtles, the female hawksbill turtle only comes ashore to lay her eggs. Between 100 and 180 eggs are laid in a pit dug in the sand. The eggs hatch about two months later and the hatchlings make their own way towards the sea. The hawksbill turtle feeds mainly on sea sponges and algae, but will also eat comb jellies, jellyfish and sea anemones. This turtle is a critically endangered species due to the fishing industry. Photographed in Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary, Florida, USA.

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