You can help protect Florida's endangered and threatened marine turtles by making a donation to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Your donation will help fund research at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and conservation efforts by the Imperiled Species Management Section. With each donation of five dollars or more, you will receive your choice of one of the waterproof decals featured. Current year marine turtle decals are available at Florida County Tax Offices.
FWC has a limited supply of some of the earlier decals. We would like to offer them to individuals who are interested in collecting them. Please indicate the decals you would like to obtain by checking the appropriate area on the order form and sending a check for the number of decals selected. The decals will be sent to you within 4-6 weeks.
2015-2016 Hawksbill Sea Turtle
artwork by Mike Hunter, FWC
photo by Nikole Ordway-Heath
The Hawksbill Sea Turtle
Warm tropical seas are where you are most likely to see hawksbills. In Florida, hawksbills are found primarily on reefs in the Florida Keys and along the southeastern Atlantic coast. An endangered species, the hawksbill was sought after in the past to use its beautifully patterned shell for jewelry, hair ornaments and other decorative items. Though use of its shell is banned in most of the world, it is still possible to find such goods. Please don’t buy them! This sea turtle weighs 100 to 200 pounds as an adult, with a shell about 35 inches long and a lovely carapace shaded by black and brown marks on a background of amber. Its raptor-like jaws give the hawksbill its name and are perfect for dining upon sponges, its favorite food.
Previous Years Decals