Hawksbill sea turtles inhabit the tropical and subtropical waters of the world’s major oceans. They are named for their narrow, pointed beak, which resembles a hawk and is useful for reaching food in hard-to-reach cracks and crevices in the ocean. They help to protect coral reef ecosystems by consuming primary sponges, which if left unchecked can affect the overall health of the coral reefs. Hawksbill turtles are known to move long distances to feed and nest. Female turtles often return to nest on the same beach where they were born.