Southernmost Records of Hawksbill Turtles Along the East Pacific Coast of South America.
Despite the fact that the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is widely distributed in tropical waters throughout the central Atlantic and Indo Pacific region, its worldwide population has declined severely during the last several decades (Mortimer & Donnelly 2008). In the East Pacific (EP), the status of the hawksbill is considered precarious, even with new observations of nesting and foraging groups in the region (Gaos et al. 2010). In waters of the EP south of Panama, hawksbill turtles appear to be relatively rare, as summarized below.
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