Considered by many to be the most beautiful of sea turtles, the Hawksbill turtle is found in tropical waters around the world. They spend their time in coral reefs, rocky areas, lagoons, mangroves, oceanic islands, and shallow coastal areas.
Named for its narrow head and sharp, bird-like beak, Hawksbills can reach into cracks and crevices of coral reefs looking for food. Their diet is very specialized, feeding almost exclusively on sponges.
One of the smaller turtles, adults weigh between 100-200 pounds and reach around 2-3 feet in length. They can live up to 135 years!
Photo credits: Neil Ever Osborne