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Green Sea Turtle

Chelonia mydas


Photo take at -12 m near a coral reef on manatee sea grass bed. This is Sara 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.


Extends throughout tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide.


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. 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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57 Comments (1–25)

Telse 10 years ago

Congratulations Gerardo.

rams4d 10 years ago

Nice shot !!!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Thanks Carol Ashley and Rick

RickLampman 10 years ago

Congrats from Michigan... AWESOME !!!!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 10 years ago

Wonderful news! Congratulations!

AshleyT 10 years ago

Congrats Gerardo! I love seeing all of your wonderful photos of undersea life :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Thanks Jordan :)

JordanWalmsley 10 years ago

No wonder Nat Geo picked this one :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Thanks ViSarancha and all guys i appreciated all your comments :)

VitoSarancha 10 years ago

Congratulations Gerardo Aizpuru !!! perfect spot

Aspen2 10 years ago

This is amazing!

Fantastic!! Well deserved, Gerardo Aizpuru. Congratulations on National Geographic SOTW.
Fantastica y Maravillosa fotografia, Gerardo Aizpuru. Felicidades por haber ganado ser la foto de la semana en Geografia Nacional

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago


ToshimiDowaki 10 years ago

Very beautiful! Congratulations!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 10 years ago

Congos Gerardo :)

LarryGraziano 10 years ago

Bien merecido amigo. Felicitaciones!!!!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago

Congratulations Gerardo!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 10 years ago

Congratulations Gerardo on this fabulous photo of such a beautiful Turtle, so sad that they are endangered :-(

JillBlack 10 years ago

Fantastic photos and info. Congratulations Gerardo

SachindraUmesh 10 years ago

great spotting! wow!

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Super pics! Congrats buddy!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Thanks so much to all guys i apprenticed all your great comments :)

M Fortune
M Fortune 10 years ago

Gorgeous image!

LeanneGardner 10 years ago

Congrats Gerardo!!! Awsome!! :)

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 10 years ago

Congratulations Gerardo!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Spotted by
Gerardo Aizpuru

Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Spotted on Jun 27, 2013
Submitted on Jun 27, 2013

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