We saw some pretty cool stuff on saturday's dives, even if I didn't get the best photos of all of them. I was pleased with these shots of two different but equally cooperative hawksbill turtles.
Generally out here hawksbills are a little less relaxed than green turtles. I suspect in part this relates to which individual turtles have been either a) harassed inappropriately by selfish divers, b) caught by our conservation department's turtle tagging team (they are caught by hand so it obviously leaves them with a poor impression of humans - about 1000 turtles have been tagged this way - most of the turtles I see are untagged nonetheless) or c) have been attacked by something else diver sized (I've seen a couple with mangled flippers which most probably relates to trauma as a juvenile but you have to wonder). Notwithstanding the above, I still think there is a species bias with greens being more chilled.
It was a real pleasure therefore to see two relaxed hawskbills up close and get some shots. I love the ragged back end to their shells. Hawksbill shells were often used for ornament in the old days - although they tend to be much dirtier than green turtle shells in life, in death they unfortunately clean up very well.