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Hawksbill Sea Turtle
The endangered hawksbill sea turtle is one of seven species of sea turtles found throughout the world.
One of the smaller sea turtles, it has overlapping scutes (plates) that are thicker than those of other sea turtles. This protects them from being battered against sharp coral and rocks during storm events.
Adults range in size from 30 to 36 inches (0.8-1.0 meters) carapace length, and weigh 100 to 200 pounds (45-90 kilograms). Its carapace (upper shell) is an attractive dark brown with faint yellow streaks and blotches and a yellow plastron (under shell).
The name "hawksbill" refers to the turtle's prominent hooked beak.
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