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Galápagos green turtle

Chelonia mydas agassisi


Galápagos green turtles get their name from their specific nesting habitat, the Galápagos Islands. They are the only subpopulation of sea turtle to nest in these islands. The Galápagos straddle the equator off the coast of Ecuador and consist of 17 islands that are volcanic in origin. This is not their only habitat as they are a highly migratory species and spend much of their time cruising the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. Colonies of green sea turtles have been observed nesting in 80 countries around the globe and they forage along the coasts of approximately 140 countries. There have been recordings the Galápagos green turtle or the black sea turtle from the Baja California peninsula to the Galápagos Islands and Peru and as far west as the Hawaiian and Marshall Islands. Much of their time near shore is spent foraging and resting. Black sea turtles have been recorded to spend much of their time in the bays and lagoons of the Baja California peninsula foraging and resting during the period of maturation. Distances of migration are recorded to range between 1233 and 2143–km and are performed over various time periods. They come to the Galápagos primarily to nest and only the females come ashore and lay eggs, the males stay submerged for most of their lives

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CindyCor 8 years ago

I will do that Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos.

I'll pull out the itineraries for my trips to the Galapagos and by the dates of the photos will be able to pinpoint the exact island I was on when I shot these.

Thank you this series of your excellent Galapagos spottings posted over the past hours/days! They are all beautiful and impressive! - Where possible, try to add the exact location where the picture was taken; that adds to the value for a potential evaluation of these spottings. - If you are interested, follow us on facebook,com/darwinfoundation.

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Spotted on Jun 26, 2008
Submitted on Nov 9, 2012

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