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The Hawksbill turtle
Transcript of The Hawksbill turtle
Defense! (Clap, clap)
Sadly, the hawksbill turtle does not have many proficient defense mechanisms. Camouflaging and hiding are two examples of a poorly developed self defense system. However, it is also their only two defense mechanisms. When sensing danger, the hawksbill turtle will put its head into its shell and (hopefully) there will be in an area that has lots of dark objects and illusions (brown sand, rocks, shadows from above the reptile, etc.) so that the hawksbill's shell can easily camouflage into it's surroundings. When in coral reefs, the hawksbill turtle will do the same thing. However, the brightly colored coral gives the predator a hint that dinner might be served. The predator
not to notice those peculiar fins that
to be lying around. All in all, this is another reason why these animals are dying out so fast.
Poachers, hunters, extinction oh my! The hawksbill sea turtle not only has to worry about global warming, but also other threats, including, poachers, illegal hunting, predators, habitat loss and worst of all-extinction! (Dun, dun, dun.)
Although global warming may not seem like such a threat compared to extinction, it is. Simply put, global warming not only effects the polar ice caps, but ocean temperatures as well. These temperatures effect the turtle's diet, killing off food such as anemones, squid, shrimp, sponges and algae. The hawksbill turtle's prey are well adapted to the climate, and if global warming effects the climate these animals will die out. Consequently, the anemones, squid, shrimp, sponges and algae cannot adapt overnight. As a result, the hawksbill turtle will not have any food. Likewise, the hawksbill turtle can't survive in such a drastic temperature change.
Poachers. The word that haunts not only every endangered animal but the hawksbill turtle as well. In fact, humans are trading and killing the turtle and using the turtle's shell for jewelry and other trinkets. It follows that hawksbill turtles are also being hunted for leather, oil, perfume and other cosmetic ingredients.
The hawksbill turtle is losing the battle between humans and them. Habitat loss is one of the most common reasons why endangered animals are going extinct. Along the beaches of Florida, condos and resorts line the ocean's edge. Not many turtles nest in these areas anymore as a result of this habitat loss.
Rarely hunted for meat, the hawksbill turtle still has to look out for other predators looking for a snack.. These predators include
The list goes on and on! If you care as much as we do about this poor animal, go to http://worldwildlife.org/species/hawksbill-turtle to donate and help save the hawksbill turtle.
Similar to the sea turtle's appearance the hawksbill turtle has a medium- sized body compared to other sea turtles. The
(aka the top shell) is a bold, goldish-brown that includes faded lines of orange, red, or even black. Likewise, the
(aka the bottom side) will most likely be a pale yellow.
on the other hand are mostly a dark brown until morphing into an adult. The hawksbill turtle's average height is 25-35 inches, while a
is usually 1-2 inches. Yet, an adult hawksbill turtle can weigh 100-150lbs. A
can be just 0.5oz. Their face includes a beak-like mouth as their name suggest. The hawksbill turtle has four flippers with two claws on each flipper. In our opinion, the hawksbill turtle has a complex structure.
The hawksbill sea turtle is critically endangered. There is known to be 20,000 to 23,000 nesting females. However, due to the threats this reptile faces, maybe half of the offspring will make it into the ocean alive. Can these creatures make a comeback? Surely there must have been something that is making these creatures die off so drastically.
The hawksbill turtle is an omnivore, meaning it eats meat and vegetation.
The hawksbill turtle hunts near coral reefs. Its diet includes:
The hawksbill turtles' "beak" allows it to reach under crevices in coral reefs to get its prey.
Did you know that hawksbill sea turtles can reproduce at the age of three years? And that they can lay eggs until they're 30?! The hawksbill turtle's reproduction system is incredible! For instance, the Hawksbill turtle can lay up to 250 eggs at a time! Another example, when a female hawksbill turtle is ready to lay her eggs, she will travel to her
ning the beach where she was born. They lay eggs every 2-3 years from June-November, on average. Similar to the Sea turtle, the hawksbill turtle uses it's flippers and claws to dig a nest for their eggs. Also, the mother will lay her eggs and leave them, never to see her children. However, not knowing how cruel their mother was, the offsprings will take care of themselves, fighting for survival! If only we could encourage these animals to reproduce more often!
The Hawksbill Turtle
By: Maddy and Elizabeth
After they hatch, baby hawksbill turtles (or
) race towards the sea. This stage is a matter of life or death. The
are looking for home, not thinking about the predators around them.
As the turtle grows older and more intelligent, the hawksbill turtle will
for many years. Studies show that a hawksbill turtle can
all over it's range or population. Hawksbill turtles tend to
with a group and do not care where the group goes. This is also called passive
The hawksbill turtle has now reached a point in it's life where they're pretty much over migrating. In fact, a hawksbill turtle will travel to a coral reef, lagoon or shallow water to live until they can mate and lay eggs. This is a perfect place to eat, relax and enjoy life as a turtle.
After finding a mate, a hawksbill turtle will find it's
and lay it's eggs or
. Each egg will become a baby hawksbill turtle and the life cycle will start over again.
The hawksbill turtle lives in the tropics and subtropics of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Sea. The hawksbill turtle
in coral reefs in these specific areas. The only occasion that they migrate is when seeking a place to lay eggs. This is called finding the
Before they are born, every hawksbill turtle is an egg. They are also called
. The eggs sit in the nest, provided by their mother, for about 60 days or two months. This is the first and most dangerous part of their lives.
My fins are tired!
Mom and dad have a lot of college funds to pay!
Help has come!
Table of Contents
- Baby turtles
- Survive or maintain yourself.
- a place (or beach) where someone is born and returns to when having off springs.
- a child, calf, hatchling, pup, etc.
- traveling or moving somewhere depending on season, control or tradition.
- the top shell of a turtle.
- the bottom/stomach of a turtle.
The hawksbill turtle's behaviors are interesting and unique. For instance, a mother hawksbill turtle will generally remain solitary or independent after their offsprings hatch. However, the hawksbill turtle isn't always considered the most social animal, except when wanting to mate. Also, a hawksbill female will return to the beach where she was born to lay her eggs. This is called finding her
. In conclusion, the hawksbill turtle has amazing behavioral adaptations.
Predators, threats and enemies
Habitat and range
Reproduction and young
Due to the tragedy of losing one of the most valued creatures, help is on it's way! CITES or Conservation on International Trade of Endangered Species is a funded organization that protects endangered animals by forbidding any trade of hawksbill turtle products. For more information go to www.cites.org. In addition, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is taking donations to save these turtle's lives. You can go to www.worldwildlifefund.org to donate or purchase something that will save the hawksbill turtles. Many people are trying to reduce the construction of homes, condos, buildings, etc so that hawksbill turtles can lay eggs without disturbances. Now it's your turn! You try. Ordinary people like you help these creatures every day What will you do to save hawksbill turtles?
This is my good side!