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Hawksbill turtles are found in most of the oceans of the world

Updated on April 1, 2015

Turtles, found in the coastal states like Odisha and Kerala in India

Hawks-bill turtles are found in most of the oceans of the world and they spend their time in coral reefs, lagoons, ocean islands and shallow coastal areas. Turtles, found in the coastal states like Odisha and Kerala in India.

A female turtle glides through the waves, sticking her neck out from time to time. She wades ashore onto the fine sand of the beach on. She searches for the right place to dig her nest. Having found a place, she begins shovelling sand, and within a few minutes digs a pit, makes herself comfortable and then lays around 100 eggs in it. Once done, she uses her flippers to cover the nest with sand, and then turns to crawl back out to the sea.

Its shell is beautiful amber colour with splashes of green, black and red. It is called `hawksbill' because its head is shaped like a hawk's beak. It uses its beak to big out crabs, that are hiding in the tiny gaps between rocks. Its powerful jaws easily crush shellfish before swallowing it but they eat mainly sponges.

In India, people sometimes call it by its Hindi, `Kangha Kachua' or `comb turtle', as at one time, its shell was used to make beautiful combs, which women wore in their hair as an ornament. Not only in India but people in China and Japan also its shell in works of part - tiny jewel boxes, decorative glass and wall panels.

People eat turtle meat. In fact, it is the favourite meat for many. Strangely, at certain times of the year, the flesh of the hawks bill turtle becomes poisonous. There are many reports of people falling very ill after consuming turtle meat.

The hawks- bill turtle is an endangered species. The most beautiful of the sea turtles, hawks-bill turtles need to be protect.

She searches for the right place to dig her nest

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