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Green Sea Turtle

Chelonia mydas

Description:

Photo take at -40 ft near a Caribbean reef. Another local turtle.The green sea turtle, possessing a dorsoventrally flattened body covered by a large, teardrop-shaped carapace and a pair of large, paddle-like flippers. Its range extends throughout tropical and subtropical seas around the world ,top shell carapace is smooth with shades of black, gray, green, brown, and yellow; their bottom shell plastron is yellowish white.

Habitat:

Adult green turtles are unique among sea turtles in that they eat only plants; they are herbivorous, feeding primarily on seagrasses and algae. This diet is thought to give them greenish-colored fat, from which they take their name.Adult females migrate from foraging areas to mainland or island nesting beaches and may travel hundreds or thousands of kilometers each way. After emerging from the nest, hatchlings swim to offshore areas, where they are believed to live for several years, feeding close to the surface on a variety of pelagic plants and animals. Once the juveniles reach a certain age/size range, they leave the pelagic habitat and travel to nearshore foraging grounds. Once they move to these nearshore benthic habitats, adult green turtles are almost exclusively herbivores, feeding on sea grasses and algae.

Notes:

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has repeatedly listed green sea turtles in its Red List as an endangered species.

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12 Comments

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 2 years ago

WOW! Another one! Great!

KarenL
KarenL 2 years ago

It seems I am not alone in having a terrible sense of direction! :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Thanks Karen well is a happy history at the end.

KarenL
KarenL 2 years ago

I love your sea turtle spottings Gerardo!
We saw one last week in the Vancouver Aquarium that was found near death swimming off the coast of British Columbia in late 2010. They think she followed the gulf stream & became disoriented & unable to feed in the cold water there. She is now completely rehabilitated & her weight has tripled but they don't feel she would survive in the wild so she will remain at the Aquarium.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Thanks Stian, Viv and Jake!!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 2 years ago

Fantastic pictures Gerardo!

VivBraznell
VivBraznell 2 years ago

Fabulous images Gerardo! Lucky you

Jake Barnes
Jake Barnes 2 years ago

One of my favorite among the marine life, got to see a loggerhead last year in Cozumel, had to have been nearly 6ft long, the head was larger than mine

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Thanks Blogie!

Blogie
Blogie 2 years ago

Very nice pictures, Gerardo!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Gracias Luis!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 2 years ago

Great Pics Gerardo !

Mexico

Lat: 20.85, Long: -86.88

Spotted on Mar 28, 2012
Submitted on Mar 28, 2012

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