Hawksbill turtles, like all turtles, have a hard shell that discourages predators from trying to eat them. Adult turtles are still consumed by humans, sharks, crocodiles, large fish, and octopi. Nests are commonly robbed by terrestrial predators such as dogs, raccoons, rats, and humans.
Directly after hatching, hawksbill turtles face the most dangerous time of their lives: the journey to water. Although this scramble only lasts a few minutes, countless hatchlings are preyed on by flocks of gulls and large crabs.
- Bjorndal, K. A. 1999. Conservation of Hawksbill Sea Turtles: Perceptions and Realities". Accessed 03/16/03 at http://www.turtles.org/bjorndal.htm.