Biodiversity catalog

Hawksbill Turtle
Eretmochelys imbricata
Hawksbill Turtle

Species IUCN Status

Critically Endangered

Projects (Locations)

carbonplus, gulf

Characterized by its beautiful streaked shell, for which it is often hunted, the migratory Hawksbill turtle can be found near coral reefs throughout the tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. The Hawksbill turtle primarily feeds on algae and sponges, making it an important component of a healthy reef ecosystem because it controls sponges that would otherwise dominate reef-building coral. The Hawksbill turtle is listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List due to a variety of threats including poaching for the tortoiseshell trade, loss and predation of nesting sites, slaughter for meat, entanglement in nets, ingestion of marine debris, pollution and climate change.