[Coral-List] Hawskbill turtles predating corals

William Allison allison.billiam at gmail.com
Mon May 12 08:25:39 EDT 2008

Hi David,
I observed this behaviour once in Maldives where I have also seen hawksbills
grazing on false corals.

On Sat, May 10, 2008 at 3:14 PM, David Obura <dobura at africaonline.co.ke>

> Hi all,
> While in Aldabra and Alphonse islands (Seychelles) I noted a
> behaviour/effect of hawskbill turtles that I've never heard mentioned
> before. I had noted dead patches/scars on a bubble coral in the genus
> Physogyra that were widespread, though not covering a large proportion of
> the coral. I was watching a hawksbill turtle swimming out from behind one
> of
> these heads and noticed that it had tissue in its mouth, and it bent down
> and took a bite from the coral. I then observed the same behaviour and
> coral-scars on Alphonse.
> Has anyone reported hard coral tissue in hawksbill gut contents, or damage
> to corals from turtle predation? I'm intrigued, as though the impact was
> not
> huge to the corals, this was definitely a stable food source for the
> turtles, and impact on the corals.
> Best,
> David Obura
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