Based on tail size, this individual appears to be female. I observed her descending from the reeftop and she paused just out of arm's length away from me. She looked to be about almost a meter long.
This hawksbill turtle (locally called "pawikan") appeared to be a juvenile, measuring only about half a meter long.
This Eastern Pacific Hawksbill, Eretmochelys imbricata, was the first official reported capture of the species utilising the mangroves of La Barrona as a foraging ground. This lead to Akazul joining the EPH initiative called ICAPO, and forming a national network for sightings of the species across the country.
Sea turtle release at EMEG
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.