Arguably the coolest ocean dwellers in the film, a group of hawksbill sea turtles help Marlin and Dory to ride along the East Australian Current. These turtles are prolific in the tropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans; avoiding the deep waters, they prefer the abundance of sponges and nesting sites offered on the coastline. Hawksbills are smaller than there shelled counterparts, reaching around 114 centimeters in shell length and 150 pounds (68 kilograms). Their shells are heart shaped when young, but become elongated as they age, and their heads are tapered into a beak like point (hence the name). Partial to eating sponges, they are omnivores, and will eat many things, including algae, crustaceans, fish and jellyfish. Like many sea turtles, hawksbills are severely endangered, mainly due to human actions. Not only are they accidentally captured in fishing nets, but their eggs are eaten worldwide and they are often killed for their flesh and magnificent shells.
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