Turtle Facts

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Like many sea turtles, hawksbills are a critically endangered species.

Sea sponges make up 70-95% of the hawksbill’s diet.

Hawksbill turtles are omnivorous and will also eat molluscs, marine algae, crustaceans, sea urchins, fish, and jellyfish.

Hawksbill turtles prefer to swim in shallower waters and often will not dive deeper than 65 feet down.

Adult hawksbills can grow up to 1 metre in length and weigh around 40-60kg.

A wild hawksbill turtle can live for 30-50 years.

Turtles don’t have teeth.

Turtles spend their entire lives at sea but adult females will return to the beach where they themselves were born to lay eggs, sometimes travelling more than 2,600km.

Hawksbill turtles will produce clutches of around 140 eggs and mate every two to three years.

The sex of marine turtles is determined by the temperature of the sand where the eggs are laid.