Hawksbill Turtle

Hawksbill Turtle

Once sexually mature, most hawksbill turtles undertake complex movements and become highly migratory, but some may settle near their natal beaches.

Hawksbill turtles were once thought to have remained in one local area for the duration of their lives, however, recent studies have proven that they migrate very long distances during their lifetimes.

Hawksbill turtles are now known to be highly migratory individuals that undertake complex movements through geographically disparate habitats during their lifetimes. Once sexually mature, they undertake breeding migrations between a wide range of broadly separated localities, habitats, foraging grounds, and breeding areas at intervals of several years.

While most hawksbill turtles undertake long migrations, some portion of immature animals may settle into foraging habitats near their beaches of origin.

Sources: (Bowen, et al., 2007; Edelman, 2004; Dobbs, Miller, Limpus, & Landry, 1999; Mortimer & Bresson 1999; Mortimer & Donnelly, 2008; Witzell, 1983)
Image: Mal B


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