On his way to his first taste of saltwater, this half-inch-long hatchling Hawksbill turtle weighs less than an ounce and is on a perilous journey. Every two to three years female Hawksbills nest, three to five nests a season, each with an average of 130 eggs. They don’t stay with their eggs; they cover them up and leave them on their own.
IF this baby turtle makes it to the sea without being eaten, its chances of being eaten by a predator once it gets there are multiplied. If the little guy is blessed he may grow to 150 pounds and live 50 years; he will flap his wing-like front flippers and sail above the sea floor looking for sponges and other delights. Hawksbill turtles are an endangered species. If they don’t drown in the trawl of a shrimp boat, they could be captured and killed for their prized “tortoiseshell.” Godspeed little brother.
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