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Hawksbill Turtle, large (AAA)

Started by brontodocus, January 18, 2013, 09:54:27 PM

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Walk-around of the large version of the AAA Hawksbill Turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766). Cast from an original (juvenile) specimen and stamped "SEA TURTLE", the arrangement of overlapping scutes on the carapace (which has a serrated margin, too) and the distinctive overbite resembling the beak of a bird of prey clearly identify it as a Hawksbill Turtle. Total length is 440 mm, carapace length * width = 345 * 286 mm. Despite being hollow, it's still a heavy figure at 1909 g. AAA has made at least one cheloniid figure that is still larger, the large version of the Green Sea Turtle, Chelonia mydas. But I've also seen at least three different AAA Hawksbill Turtles which were all smaller than the version shown here.
















Edit 2017-02-06: Fixed broken image urls.


Jetoar

Amazing figure. When I will have time, I will sahre images of my Hawksbill turtle  ^-^.
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tyrantqueen

#2
I have this one too. Mine is 13 inches.

Mind if I post mine? :)

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brontodocus

Thanks, Jetoar & tyrantqueen! :)
Quote from: tyrantqueen on January 18, 2013, 11:38:58 PM
I have this one too. Mine is 13 inches.

Mind if I post mine? :)
If it's really 13 inches it must be one of the other Hawksbill Turtle figures - it would be 330 mm instead of 440. I have seen the version I posted in only one online store, at leaveonlybubbles, where it's sold for $54.95 (luckily I got it from ebay.de for just â,¬16) and a size of 18 inches is given (which matches better). So if yours is actually a different cast it may deserve a thread on its own. :) Is it one of those from veghead? Hmmm, they have three which are all smaller than mine and label the largest of those "large". I could still edit the topic's title here and make it "extra large" or "extra large, 18''. Oh, and Jetoar, how big is yours? Maybe it's different from both the 13 and 18 inch version? 8)

tyrantqueen

Quote from: brontodocus on January 19, 2013, 09:23:57 AM
Thanks, Jetoar & tyrantqueen! :)
Quote from: tyrantqueen on January 18, 2013, 11:38:58 PM
I have this one too. Mine is 13 inches.

Mind if I post mine? :)
If it's really 13 inches it must be one of the other Hawksbill Turtle figures - it would be 330 mm instead of 440. I have seen the version I posted in only one online store, at leaveonlybubbles, where it's sold for $54.95 (luckily I got it from ebay.de for just â,¬16) and a size of 18 inches is given (which matches better). So if yours is actually a different cast it may deserve a thread on its own. :) Is it one of those from veghead? Hmmm, they have three which are all smaller than mine and label the largest of those "large". I could still edit the topic's title here and make it "extra large" or "extra large, 18''. Oh, and Jetoar, how big is yours? Maybe it's different from both the 13 and 18 inch version? 8)
I got mine from eBay.com. I'll start a separate thread for it, sure :)

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Varanus

Very cool replica, if only it was colored like a live Hawksbill, then it would be absolutely stunning! :)

Ana

Wow, this is beautiful turtle figure, thank You for sharing! :D

tyrantqueen

#7
This is my turtle:







Truth is, it actually looks very similar to yours :-[ I don't actually know the exact length, because according to the seller, it is 13 inches. I would measure it myself but I don't have a ruler handy, haha. This one is really big anyway, I can't imagine it being any bigger ;)

Aren't Hawksbills supposed to be endangered? I wonder how AAA were able to procure a specimen to cast from.

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brontodocus

I have no doubts it's the same figure. :) The posterior margins of the scutes on the carapace are somewhat irregular, and the irregularities are the same as in mine. So your turtle would be bigger than 13'' - or the seller was referring to the carapace alone.
Quote from: tyrantqueen on January 22, 2013, 01:06:08 PM
Aren't Hawksbills supposed to be endangered? I wonder how AAA were able to procure a specimen to cast from.
They are even ranked "Critically Endangered" by IUCN. :-\ But there are a lot of taxidermied specimens in collections of which the figure could have been cast from.

brontodocus

Walk-around photos of the big AAA Hawksbill Turtle are visible again. :)