Observation sent in from Marco Dickson. "Koko Crater, Maunalua Bay on Sept 5, 2012." Thanks Marco!!!
This turtle met her demise in April. Exact cause of death was drowning, but she had two fishhooks in her throat - one had caused extensive necrosis. However, her body condition was great and she had plenty of food in her belly. She was known as "Squiggles." It is OK to help hooked turtles, please call the NOAA turtle stranding hotline (808-983-5730), or tell a lifeguard or harbormaster. Here is a link for more info on fishing around turtles: http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/PRD/prd_fishing_around_sea_turtles.html
I saw it last year in Waikiki MLCD. Pretty sure it was a hawksbill because if its serrated edges of the carapace. It did not have its right flipper. When I was snorkeling the channel there I dive down to look in a a small cave and there it was. Knew it looked much different than a green sea turtle so did a little research. I was lucky to snap a few of this rare beauty
Cruising along the crumbled reefs of Cousine Islands, Seychelles.
Relieved from the holding nets of a local fisher alongside rangers from Ben Dam, in Con Dao National Park, our first joint project as WWF staff back in 1998 in Vietnam.
digging and laying eggs
Hawksbill sea turtle. No visible tumors, but considerable algae growth on the rearmost portion of the shell.
The hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. It is the only extant species in its genus. The species has a worldwide distribution, with Atlantic and Pacific subspecies. E. imbricata imbricata is the Atlantic subspecies, while E. imbricata bissa is found in the Indo-Pacific region.