The Hawksbill sea turtle

There are several types of sea turtles in Cozumel, but in this piece we’ll discuss the Hawksbill Turtle.
Or if you prefer a more formal name, Eretmochelys Imbricata.

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Unfortunately, this beautiful creature is endangered so reefs in the Cozumel National Park, by the hand of diving guides, have been adapting practices and customs to have an environment much more friendly and safe for the turtles.

These turtles are smaller measuring between 60 and 90 cm in length and weighing between 50 and 80 kg.

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They love feeding on sponges and many times while they feed, they are seen in the company of Angelfish. The Angelfish take advantage of the falling sponge pieces as their food. I don’t know how the turtle benefits from this company, but from what I’ve seen, they are quite accustomed to it.

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Due to the lack of data, there is no conclusive information regarding lifespan but is believed to be between 30 and 50 years.

Every two or three years the females return to the same beaches to leave their eggs in a nest deep in the sand with an incubation period of about 60 days.

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I hope that you liked this information, this post is made with the sole intention of helping you to know a bit about the marine life we have to offer. Leave your comments or let me know if there is any kind of Cozumel sea creature that interests you.
I’m not a marine biologist and don’t consider myself an expert on the subject, the information given is from various internet sources. If you are interested to know more, I have a source links available.

http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/hawksbill-turtle

https://www.nwf.org/Wildlife/Wildlife-Library/Amphibians-Reptiles-and-Fish/Sea-Turtles/Hawksbill-Turtle.aspx

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