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Hawksbill Sea Turtle

Species: Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Age: Adult

Sex: Female

Weight: ~ 130 lbs.

Diet: Squid and Capelin

Story: Came from a research project at Nova University, but couldn't be released due to her history of captivity and her "stumpy" right front flipper.

Personality: Friendly

Loves: Squid &capelin

Known For: Missing her right front flipper due to a birth defect

Did You Know? Hawksbill sea turtles are hunted more than any other species for their shell, which is used to make jewelry, guitar picks, combs, and other decorative accessories.

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Stumpy's Tale:

Stumpy is one of the more interesting cases we have here at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, because not only is she our only resident hawksbill, but we know very little about her history. Stumpy was part of a research project at Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale. We believe that she is missing her right front flipper due to a birth defect. Although she would normally be considered a candidate for release with an injury this minor, her unknown origin prevents us from knowing where the best place to release her would be. In addition, she has spent her entire life in human care, so she does not possess the life skills necessary for survival in the wild. Stumpy loves to take long naps, and can almost always be found resting under the platform in the pool at "Sawyer's Passage", where she resides with her pool mates Max, Madam, and Molly.