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Green Sea Turtle

Chelonia mydas

Description:

Photo take at -35 ft near a Coral reef this other of the local turtles of this reef. 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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14 Comments

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Jolly :)

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 years ago

What a wonderful sight! Very nice spotting.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Kat:)

KatCuff
KatCuff 8 years ago

Most beautiful!!!!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Sofi and Manu!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Gracias Lolin!

preciosas fotos!!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Neil your so kind :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Chole, Manuel, Helu and Marc !

NeilDazet
NeilDazet 8 years ago

Wow. Incredible photos. This might be one of my favorite Project Noah spottings ever!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Ava :)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Gorgeous!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Patty :)

patty
patty 8 years ago

wow.....
beautiful
delightful
lovely

Gerardo Aizpuru
Spotted by
Gerardo Aizpuru

Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Spotted on May 3, 2012
Submitted on May 3, 2012

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