Sea Turtle Clinic (babies in Photo #2)
Dive site Tent Wall, at about 18 ft. Grazing on top of the reef near the mooring. Had a chunk missing from the right side of its shell.
Satellite tagged female nesting on big island of Hawaii. Successful night!
I was swimming along the margin of the backreef at Ala Moana Beach Park and encountered a small Hawksbill in ~15-20 feet of water. The turtle was small (~30 cm diameter). It had one goose-head barnacle growing left of center near the front of the carapace. The scutes on the shell looked damaged or perhaps were covered in something. The top row of scutes was normal and the trailing edges of the carapace were deeply serrated typical of a Hawksbill. I got a clear look at the bill. Although the shell looked abnormal, the animal behaved normally.
We were snorkeling at Yokohama Bay and observed this Hawksbill in 20-30 feet of water. Photo by Alexis Rudd
27cm SCL juvenile hawksbill turtle foraging in the lagoon at Rose Atoll just off Rose Island. Embedding gooseneck barnacles and Remora sp are a bonus
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.