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Green Sea Turtle

Chelonia mydas

Description:

Photo take at -40 ft on a manatee grass field this is one of the beauty that is an inhabitant of the this reef area. 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. Wikipedia.

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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15 Comments

bg11a8
bg11a8 7 years ago

beautiful photos!

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 9 years ago

Cool! thanks for sharing!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

I just add a nice video

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Thanks Neil and Blogie very kind comments :)

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Beautiful photos, Gerardo! Thanks for sharing them!

NeilDazet
NeilDazet 9 years ago

Your sea turtle spottings make me smile!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Thanks Donna actually is funny this turtles only allow me to get close if i stay down and calm, if they see me hovering they get away.

DonnaPomeroy
DonnaPomeroy 9 years ago

Love this series and the low angle you were shooting from. It's so much more interesting than the typical shot looking down at them.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Thanks Joshua and Leighannimal :)

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

man, great shots of these sea turtles! fantasticoooo!

Leighannimal
Leighannimal 9 years ago

nice sea turtle :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Thanks Sachin :):)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Stunning captures, wonderful,,
thanks for sharing very fresh series,

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Thanks Ava :) we have this incredible visibility today!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Gerardo, what a beautiful series!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Spotted by
Gerardo Aizpuru

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Spotted on Jul 12, 2012
Submitted on Jul 12, 2012

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