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Hawksbill Habitat  by MattTworkowski

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The hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. It is the only extant species in its genus. The species has a worldwide distribution, with Atlantic and Pacific subspecies. E. imbricata imbricata is the Atlantic subspecies, while E. imbricata bissa is found in the Indo-Pacific region.

The hawksbill’s appearance is similar to that of other marine turtles. It has a generally flattened body shape, a protective carapace, and flipper-like arms, adapted for swimming in the open ocean. E. imbricata is easily distinguished from other sea turtles by its sharp, curving beak with prominent tomium, and the saw-like appearance of its shell margins. Hawksbill shells slightly change colors, depending on water temperature. While this turtle lives part of its life in the open ocean, it spends more time in shallow lagoons and coral reefs.

Human fishing practices threaten E. imbricata populations with extinction. The World Conservation Union. classifies the Hawksbill as critically endangered. Hawksbill shells are the primary source of tortoise shell material, used for decorative purposes. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species outlaws the capture and trade of hawksbill sea turtles and products derived from them.
Taken at Komodo, Indonesia

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underwater, sea, sealife, marinelife, matt tworkowski, ocean, diving, nature, wildlife

Comments

  • Vickie Burt
    Vickie Burtover 2 years ago

    Beautiful picture Matt!

  • Thanks Vickie

    – MattTworkowski

  • LindaR
    LindaRover 2 years ago

    love how you’ve framed him ~ the colors so vibrant ~ great shot!! so interesting to learn their shells change color with the temp ~ I hope they’re coming back and well protected xx

  • cheers Linda, they were the most common of the Sea Turtles we saw while in Komodo, unfortunately I have learned that some of the best spots to see them have since been bomb fished & are unrecognisable, very sad

    – MattTworkowski

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago

    Beautiful!!

  • cheers lorilee

    – MattTworkowski

  • supergold
    supergoldover 2 years ago

    wonderful colors; I wonder how you got such a deep blue color………

  • thanks, deep blues come with fast shutter speed, well as fast as the flashes will syc with camera. This was shot at 1/320 with some additional tweaks with white balance in camera raw

    – MattTworkowski

  • Bruce  Dickson
    Bruce Dicksonover 2 years ago

    Nice!

  • cheers Bruce

    – MattTworkowski

  • ChrisCoombes
    ChrisCoombesover 2 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful image Matt

  • Carle Parkhill
    Carle Parkhillover 2 years ago

    Nice shot Matt congrats

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