Thankfully on Phi Phi the Hawksbills are quite friendly
Sea turtles make for lovely encounters underwater. In Phuket day trip destinations, the species you are most likely to see while diving is the Hawksbill turtle.
The name Hawksbill comes from the narrow pointed beak that resembles a bird’s beak. An other distinctive feature is the overlapping scutes pattern on the carapace, giving serrated edges to the upper shell. Hawksbill turtles can grow up to about 115cm in shell length and nearly 70kg in weight.
You may encounter Hawksbills in numerous Phuket diving destinations, with very good chances in dive sites around Koh Phi Phi Ley, Koh Bida Nok and Koh Bida Nai. Like other species of sea turtles, the Hawksbill is not bothered much by scuba divers and will let you get fairly close. You’ll see them resting on the reef, swimming around or eating… they love to feed on sponges!
The Hawksbill turtle isn’t the only species living in the Andaman Sea. Other species include the Green sea turtle, Olive ridley sea turtle and Leatherback sea turtle. There are various local conservation programs for sea turtles, as well as protected nesting areas.
What species of sea turtle have you encountered while scuba diving?
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