Fern (EI.N007.032), Hawksbill turtle hatchling
Hatch date: 15/05/2015 at Maalifushi, Thaa Atoll, Maldives
Initial weight / length: 15g / 4.1cm
Current weight / length: 5578g / 32.2cm (November 2016);
2 November 2016: our Hawksbill triplets, Pinecone, Hazel and Fern, originally admitted on 15 May 2015 from Maalifushi (Thaa Atoll, Maldives) were released together at Velaa Faru.
In comparison to our Green sea turtle head start hatchlings, the Hawksbill hatchlings took an additional 6 months on average to reach the release size of 30cm. Although fed a diet scheme similar to the Greens, this species overall ate a smaller quantity of the food offered throughout care and were less active than Green sea turtles of a similar age. It is difficult to determine with a low sample size of Hawksbills compared to Greens if this difference is due to needing a specialized care plan for the hawksbills that differs from the green sea turtles or if this is due to difference in species behaviour.