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Sea Turtles of Bonaire
Hawksbill - Eretmochelys imbricatacommon Characteristics of the Hawksbill:- beak-like face- overlapping scutes- serrated edge of carapace- yellow underside
Green turtle - Chelonia mydascommon Characteristics of the Green: - round face- tightly joined scutes- smooth edge of carapace- white underside
Loggerhead - Caretta carettaoccasional Characteristics of the Loggerhead turtle:- massive head- reddish-brown color- only adult are usually seen around Bonaire
Leatherback - Dermochelys coriacearare Characteristics of the Leatherback turtle:- very large- keeled carapace- black and white body- open water only
Olive Ridley - Lepidochelys olivacea rare Characteristics of the Olive Ridley turtle:- smallest sea turtle - max. length 28 inch- over 6 lateral scutes- light gray color
Hatchling Sea Turtles Sometimes look very different from adults. Clockwise from top: hawksbill, green and leatherback turtle.