Hawksbill turtles feed primarily on sponges. They show a large level of feeding selectivity in the way that they only eat certain species of sponges, some of which are toxic to other animals. Sea jellies and other coelenterates are also common prey items. These turtles are omnivorous and also eat mollusks, fish, marine algae, crustaceans, and other sea plants and animals. A preferred feeding ground of the turtles is in shallow shoals abundant with brown algae.
Animal Foods: fish; mollusks; aquatic or marine worms; aquatic crustaceans; echinoderms; cnidarians; other marine invertebrates
Plant Foods: leaves; wood, bark, or stems; fruit; algae; macroalgae
Primary Diet: omnivore