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Hawksbill turtle heads for a breath of air while feeding...

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Caption: Hawksbill turtle heads for a breath of air while feeding on grass in shallow water of Akumal Bay along the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
Scientific name: Eretmochelys imbricata
Location: Akumal Bay
Copyright: © Yvette Cardozo
Agency Code: MEX_DIVE_0367a
AGPix ID: AGPix_Cardozo_0921
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Comments: Hawksbill turtle heads for a breath of air while feeding on grass in shallow water of Akumal Bay along the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The Hawksbill turtle is considered critically endangered. You can see remoras attached to the underside of the turtle. These fish are a kind of parasite where the host is not harmed. The remora benefits by using the host as transport and protection and also feeds on materials dropped by the host. There is controversy whether a remora's diet is primarily leftover fragments or the feces of the host.

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