The Majestic Hawksbill Sea Turtle
"A hawksbill turtle swims just above the seafloor with flippers spread like wings. Hawksbills get their name from their tapered heads, which end in a sharp point resembling a bird's beak." - Nat Geo
This may be my favorite underwater capture of the Sea Turtle, filmed with the GoPro. After coming face to face and swimming alongside of it, I felt compelled to learn more about it. Upon further research, I was able to correctly identify it, not as a Green Sea turtle as I originally thought, but a Hawksbill Sea Turtle. It is a fascinating creature that lives to about 50 years old and can get up to 150 pounds.
According to the Sea Turtle Conservancy , it is "Listed as Endangered (in danger of extinction within the foreseeable future) under the U.S. Federal Endangered Species Act. The greatest threat to hawksbill sea turtle is the harvesting for their prized shell, often referred to as "tortoise shell." In some countries the shell is still used to make hair ornaments, jewelry, and other decorative items." To learn more, check here.