Atlantic Hawksbill Seaturtle
Eretmochelys i. imbricata
Photo of Atlantic Hawksbill Seaturtle, courtesy of Caroline Rogers, USGS
Primarily a tropical species, where it is found only in marine
environments, particularly shallow areas of rocky coastlines, coral reefs,
estuaries and lagoons with mud bottoms. The key is shallow areas with little
or no vegetation. No nesting occurs at our latitude.
An extremely rare visitor to our shores. Little is known about this
turtle’s behavior due to its solitary nature, even when nesting. Look in the
Coastal Bays for individuals resting on the bottom in clear water during the
summer. State and federally listed as Endangered. If you observe or find any
individuals please contact DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service.
Coastal Bays of Worcester County
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401