Some facts about the Hawksbill Turtle:
• Hawksbill turtles are "smaller" than most sea turtles. Their shells reach 45 inches and their maximum weight is about 150 pounds.
• They are found in tropical waters throughout the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans.
• They are normally found near healthy reefs as opposed to deep, vast ocean stretches.
• Hawksbills are omnivorous and feed on sponges, small fish, marine algea, mollusks, jellyfish and crustaceans.
• While their hard shells protect them from most predators, they still fall prey to large fish, sharks, octopus and humans. Human impact is currently their greatest threat.
• Like other turtles, Hawksbills make incredible oceanic migrations travelling thousands of miles each year. It is believed they use the earth's magnetic pull to navigate the world's oceans.
• While they breathe air, they can spend hours underwater at a time.
• Adult females return to land to lay their eggs, most of the time they return to the very same beach they were hatched from.
• The average life span of the hawksbill sea turtle is 30-50 years.
Sea turtles are magnificent creatures and, like their friends the dolphin, they bring instant joy to anyone who is able to see them in the wild. If you find yourself in Bequia, be sure to make a quick stop a the Old Hegg Turtle sanctuary and help support these incredible creature's survival in the world's oceans.