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Hawksbill Sea Turtle - Eretmochelys imbricate

Many folks consider the hawksbill turtle the most beautiful sea turtle in the world. Its Hawaiian name is 'ea. Pacific Islanders have used the hawksbill's shell to make fish hooks, and utilize the turtles bones to make tools. Eggs were consumed while other parts of the animal were used medicinally. Native Hawaiian used hawksbill 'tortoise shell' to fabricate hair ornaments, jewelry, and decorative and practical items.

The name hawksbill comes from the turtle’s hawk-like beak. The hawksbill is a medium sized turtle weighing between 95 and 160 pounds and reaching a length of approximately three feet. Exploitation continues in some countries and this extremely rare sea turtle is threatened with extinction.

Leatherback Sea Turtle - Dermochelys coriacea

The world’s largest turtle, weighing up to 2000 pounds and measuring 4 to 8 feet in length, the Leatherback Sea Turtle is a pelagic wanderer and inhabits offshore Hawaiian waters and oceans around the globe. They have the most extensive range of any reptile. Leatherback shells are not hard like other sea turtles. Separated by keels or ridges, the Leatherback’s barrel-shaped bodies are divided into sections. Their leathery skin is supported by thousands of tiny bones, embedded in cartilage.

Spending most of their lives living a pelagic lifestyle they live in deep ocean waters and eat jellyfish and other marine invertebrates. They reportedly eat twice their own weight each day! Unfortunately, in this constant quest for food, they mistake plastic bags and balloons for their natural diet. Ingesting plastic debris obstructs their digestive system and can kill them. Leatherbacks can dive the deepest or all sea turtles, and stay down the longest. They have been tracked diving 1200 meters (3,937 feet) below sea level.

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