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Hawaiian hawksbill sea turtles are ‘truly local,’ study finds

  • COURTESY DON MCLEISH / NOAA FISHERIES
                                The honu ea was covered under the U.S. Endangered Species Conservation Act in 1970 and is now protected by the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species. They used to be killed for their beautiful shells. However, their flesh is “deadly poisonous.”

    COURTESY DON MCLEISH / NOAA FISHERIES

    The honu ea was covered under the U.S. Endangered Species Conservation Act in 1970 and is now protected by the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species. They used to be killed for their beautiful shells. However, their flesh is “deadly poisonous.”

  • COURTESY DON MCLEISH / NOAA FISHERIES
                                Their narrow heads and beaklike jaws allow Hawaiian hawksbill sea turtles to capture prey from crevices in coral reefs.

    COURTESY DON MCLEISH / NOAA FISHERIES

    Their narrow heads and beaklike jaws allow Hawaiian hawksbill sea turtles to capture prey from crevices in coral reefs.

Not to be confused with the mellow Hawaiian green sea turtle known as honu, the elusive honu ea, or Hawaiian hawksbill sea turtle, is federally endangered and far less frequently seen. Read more

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