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Updated 4/19/2013

Sea Turtles

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Eretmochelys imbricata bissa

Okinawa Aquarium

Hawaii Kai, Oahu, 60 feet

Utulei, Tutuila, American Samoa

 

Kahekili Beach, Maui

PACIFIC HAWKSBILL TURTLE      honu ‘ea

Critically endangered species rarely encountered at scuba depths where it feeds upon sponge, stinging cnidarians, and algae.  It nests on a few isolated beaches.  Best identified by the serrated shell margin and sharp angular jaw.  Hunted to near-extinction despite being potentially toxic due to poisonous compounds which occur in its food.  Attains carapace length of three feet.  Warm seas worldwide.

http://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/fauna/hawksbillturtle.html