I observed a small Hawksbill turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, in Corpus Christi Bay, Texas. The weather was quite cold and the poor sea turtle was probably cold-stunned. At first I thought it was dead, as it was moving with the small waves, but then it moved a little more.
I then called the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) hotline and left a message about the turtle sighting. However it was the day before Spring Break, so I hope someone was able to come and rescue the turtle.
I did not touch it, estimate it was about 8-10 in in diameter. Its shell was heavily encrusted, so it could have been another sea turtle (Kemp's Ridley sea turtle).
Se observaron 9 E. imbricata anidando en mayo y 3 E. imbricata anidando en julio del 2014
Hawksbill seaturtles in Guadeloupe, Cousteau Marine Park
Female nesting mid-morning on Playa Tortuguero
The hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. It is the only extant species in the genus Eretmochelys. The species has a worldwide distribution, with Atlantic and Pacific subspecies. E. i. imbricata is the Atlantic subspecies, while E. i. bissa is found in the Indo-Pacific region.