Another tropical visitor - this time a marine reptile. Hawksbill turtles have a distinctive beak and feed mainly on sponges. This individual was peeling some encrusting sponge off the rock at Fairy Bower. The species is classified as vulnerable and is normally found only as far south as northern NSW.
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Liberación de bebés en el proyecto Tortugas de Pacuare
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.