The hawksbill turtle has a highly prized ornate shell and a birdlike beak for which it gets its name. It is one of the smaller sea turtle species. Hawksbills feed almost exclusively on sponges that are loaded with glasslike spicules. Immature animals are not uncommon amongst the coral reefs surrounding Bermuda. They can grow to nearly 90 kgs (200 lbs) as adults, but those found in Bermuda average 10 kgs (22 lbs). These animals are exploited in other parts of the world for their shell, meat and eggs and are critically endangered. Hawksbill turtles in Bermuda are occasionally captured during Bermuda Turtle Project field trips but more often, they are encountered by co-operating recreational divers licensed to take lobsters. The coin design is adapted from a photo taken by Ron Lucas.
Denomination: 2 dollar
Weight: 31,604 gr
Alloy: 999 Silver
Source: Bermuda Monetary Authority