If you guessed (or researched) that I’m a Hawkbill Sea Turtle… You are RIGHT!
La Torguga Carey
Hawksbills have been known historically for their beautiful shells. Much of the antique jewelry, combs, and eyeglass frames found today were made from their shells. These frivolous trinkets are still being made today and the main reason for the Hawkbill’s decline. Interestingly because Hawksbills feed on certain sponges their flesh can be poisonous. I’m glad that the character in The Life of Pi didn’t encounter this species!
The turtle I found is one of three types of turtles I’ve encountered washed up on the beach. I’m glad to report that none were entangled in nets or appeared compromised in other ways so I hope they died of natural causes. Needless to say, I find a macabre beauty in the animals that I find and I feel that it’s all a part of the circle of life and death.