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Hawksbill Turtle

Hawksbill Turtle
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Copyright: Jose Augusto L Hauer (zeca) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1998-05-12
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikonos V, Nikor 35mm f/2.5, Fuji Provia 100
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Turtles - Tortugas - Tortues, Underwater World #2, U/W Bonaire, Favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-31 21:06
Viewed: 6051
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is common to the Caribbean, where I found this one, diving the site "Playa Funchi" in the Washington Slagbaai National Park, Bonaire.

From the site http://www.turtles.org/hawksd.htm:

"The hawksbill is listed as an endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. It is also listed as endangered throughout its range by the Endangered Species Act of 1973. An exhaustive review of the worldwide conservation status concluded that the hawksbill is suspected or known to be declining in 38 of 65 geopolitical units where information is available.

Severe declines were noted in the western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean region. It is sobering to consider that current nesting levels may be far lower than previously estimated. Despite protective legislation, international trade in hawksbill shells and subsistence use of meat and eggs continue unabated in many countries and pose a significant threat to the survival of the species in the region.

The most recent status review of the hawksbill in the United States recognized that numerous threats still exist despite a decade of protection.

The following combination of characteristics distinguishes the hawksbill from other marine turtles:

two pairs of prefrontal scales
thick, posteriorly overlapping scutes on the carapace
four pairs of costal scutes (the anteriormost not in contact with the nuchal scute)
two claws on each flipper
a beak-like mouth, hence the name.
Additionally, on land the hawksbill has an alternating gait, unlike the leatherback and green sea turtles.

The carapace is heart-shaped in the youngest turtles and becomes more elongated as the turtle matures. The sides and rear portions of the carapace are sharply serrated in all but very old animals. The epidermal scutes that overlay the bones are the tortoiseshell so prized by commerce."

You can find more in the site, if you want.



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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-01 2:21]

Hi Jose,

A nice capture of this turtle,I like the colors,crop and framing,well done and TFS


Hola Jose,
Great macro shot, sharp and nice details
Aethetic image
Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

Hello really detailed and well composed.

Hello Jose, well done on this big turtle, perfect details very crisp nicly composed and capture photo excllent work

TFS Kyle

Belíssima Foto como sempre Zeca! Que tartaruga linda...gostei muito do fundo totalmente dark! Que nitidez nos olhos da bichinha...impressionante.

Hola Zeca, Bonito retrato de esta tortuga marina, buenos detalles. La sacaste en un acuario o buceando?

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  • tjasa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 100 W: 0 N: 84] (602)
  • [2007-02-14 16:46]

Hy Zeca!
Very interesting and beautiful photo. Great details. I like this blue line in eye and other colours are accented (hope this is the right word- my dictionary choose it :)

Thanks for all your critics and points, it`s been a while since I was here the last time. Have a nice day!

Hi Zeca,

Great turtle shot with superior quality, artistically done. BRAVO! tfs


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