I was walking on the boardwalk with four colleagues at about 20:00 in the evening when we spotted this turtle emerging from the waves in the moonlight (and light from the nearby restaurants).
The turtle approached to within a metre of the boardwalk and then turned back into the ocean after a number of people had gathered and started taking photos on phones with flashes. I also took one with my camera and got the other from a colleague's phone.
Later, after dinner we saw her again further down the beach and, again, she returned back into the water - this time undisturbed by flashing phones. In my opinion, and clearly hers too, this busy and noisy beach was completely inappropriate for her to consider laying her clutch of eggs.
Ejemplar juvenil, rescatado de las redes de una embarcacion pesquera, se libero nuevamente sin ninguna herida.
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.