Sea sponges make up part of the Hawksbill Sea Turtle’s diet. Interestingly, feeding on sea sponges can make their meat toxic to humans; however, this diet also keeps coral reefs healthy as sea sponges compete with coral for space.
Hawksbill Sea Turtles are prized for their beautifully patterned carapace. Since Roman times, their shells have been used for jewelry, decoration and keepsakes.
They’re known to be biofluorescent.
As adults, they weigh approximately 95-150 lbs. and are approximately 3 ft. in length. They’re the smallest Sea Turtle.
Found in coastal areas, coral reefs, and lagoons around the world. They’re critically endangered with < 23,000 reproductive females.
Their name is derived from their “beak-shaped” mouths.
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