13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
The ancient voyager, a critically endangered hawskbill.

A critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle glides over a reef moments before surfacing for air. Hawksbill sea turtles are the most tropical sea turtles and are hunted for their tortoiseshells which are used for ornamental purposes. The illegal trade on the black market is thriving. Awareness and education are key to their survival.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2015
Date Uploaded: 10.2015
Photo Location: Turks and Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands
Camera: Canon PowerShot D30
Copyright: © Julie Suess