Hawksbill turtles are found in the tropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Named for their narrow, pointed beak, & they are recognizable by a unique pattern of scales on their brightly colored shells. They typically avoids deep waters, staying along coastlines and coral reefs where they can find sea sponges to eat.
These turtles make incredible migrations in order to move from feeding sites to nesting grounds. Hawksbill turtles come to New Zealand every year from Fiji; although they’ve been sighted as far south as Cook Strait, they are mostly seen in the upper North Island of New Zealand in the clear, shallow waters of the island shelve.
Like many sea turtles, hawksbills are a critically endangered species due mostly to human impact. Sadly, Hawksbill eggs are still eaten around the world despite the turtle’s international protected status, and they are often killed for their flesh and their stunning shells that are highly valuable in some marketplaces.
- 1 oz of .999 fine Silver
- Coin comes in protective sleeve
- Limited mintage of fewer than 350,000 coins
- Obverse: New stylized design of a Hawksbill turtle, also known as the Taku, swimming in shallow waters with little bubbles
- Reverse: The effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2017 date