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More Than 300 Endangered Turtles Hatch On The Beaches Of Singapore

By Kristin Hunt

The hawksbill turtle is a mid-sized sea dweller who likes coral reefs and rocky areas. Although it takes its name from its “hawk-like” beak, its shell is also distinctive, featuring splotches of yellow, orange, and muddy red. The hawksbill is a omnivore that dines primarily on sponges, plus the occasional jellyfish or sea urchin. 

But the most important fact about this turtle is that it’s endangered — and has been since 1970.

That’s why conservationists are cheering the recent hatchings on the beaches of Singapore. Over the course of September, more than 300 hawksbill turtles hatched on the Singapore shores and waddled into the sea, providing a welcome population boost to this struggling species.