Hawksbill turtle

A Hawksbill turtle swims in the waters off the Big Island of Hawaii.

Returning from a long swim, I spotted this turtle cruising along beneath me. I turned to follow it, usually the cue for a turtle to glide away, leaving me in its wake. But this one circled around and went back and forth in the same area for a while.

At first I assumed it was a green turtle, which are most commonly seen around here, but I realized that this one looked a bit different. The bill seemed more pointed and the edge of its shell was serrated. I thought it might be a hawksbill turtle, which are seldom seen here.

When I got home and checked my book it confirmed that the turtle was a hawksbill, which is the first I’ve seen.

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