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Green Sea Turtle

Chelonia mydas

Description:

Photo take at -35 ft near a Coral reef . This another local green turtle that lives in this reef i call it Tony one of my favorites. 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

Another beautiful series Gerardo!

Thanks Hayde:)
Gracias Jonathan:)

hayde
hayde a year ago

It looks so beautiful, graceful and peaceful. Lovely series and interesting info :)

SUPER en mayúscula......

Gracias Eulalia es una maravilla el caribe el agua siempre esta clara.
Tanks Courtney and Cecilia!

eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 2 years ago

Maravillosas, Gerardo. Qué agua tan transparente.

courtneyhitson
courtneyhitson 2 years ago

Very beautiful! You did an awesome job on those shots!!!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Thanks Ascha, Paolo and James!

AschaRiess
AschaRiess 2 years ago

Loooove this shot!

PaoloCo
PaoloCo 2 years ago

Great capture

CoastalJHawk
CoastalJHawk 2 years ago

Awesome pictures. I would love to see this in person.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Lat: 20.85, Long: -86.88

Spotted on Apr 14, 2012
Submitted on Apr 14, 2012

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