Disclaimer: This is not the official press release or communications. The text are taken from the exhibit itself. All credit goes to the National Museum of the Philippines – Western Visayas Regional Museum, International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and for Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), CollAsia Field Projects (Connecting Communities and Collections), and the Cultural Heritage Administration of the Republic of Korea.
Pawikan (Hawksbill Sea Turtle) Eretmochelys imbricata L. Family Cheloniidae
The Eretmochelys imbricata or commonly known as Hawksbill Sea Turtles is a critically endangered species found near the coastlines of most tropical countries. It has a distinct brownish-yellow, heart-shaped carapace and sharp thinned end of the head resembling a beak of a bird thus its name “hawksbill”.
In comparison with other sea turtles, the hawksbill is not that large but can grow up to 45 inches in length and can weigh up to 150 pounds. It primarily feeds on sponges. anemones, fishes, and sea urchins. Their population is rapidly declining due to illegal poaching especially their eggs which are still eaten as a delicacy in some parts of the world and are threatened by being accidentally caught in fishing gear.
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**Content was only based on the photos I took during my personal visit. I may have missed significant details.