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What do hawksbill turtles eat?


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Hawksbill sea turtles are omnivores. That means they eat both meat and plants. Hawksbills eat sponges, jellyfish, sea urchins, mollusks, crustaceans, tunicates, shrimps, and squids. Hawksbill turtles will also feed on dead marine animals, grasses, other plants from the bottom of the ocean, and grass beds at different parts of the ocean.

Hawksbill turtles are one of the only turtles that eat sponges. Hawksbill turtles sometimes will eat toxic sponges. The hawksbill is not poisoned, but it stores the toxin in its flesh. When the flesh of the sea turtle is eaten, the predator that ate it could die from food poisoning.