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Green sea turtle

Chelonia mydas

Description:

Green sea turtle encountered during freediving (diving with one single breath hold). Depth: 10 to 15m.

Habitat:

Sea.

1 Species ID Suggestions

elime
elime 10 years ago
Green Sea Turtle
Chelonia mydas Green sea turtle


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35 Comments (1–25)

bbprevas
bbprevas 9 years ago

great shot. what sort of gear are you using? underwater housing?

Tom Maebe
Tom Maebe 10 years ago

Edited the ID, since we all agree now it is a green sea turtle ;)

KentHodgkins
KentHodgkins 10 years ago

Hey Eric , your photo is of a Green Turtle . Very nice photo !!!

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago

Interesting discussion. Now makes me wonder whether my own spottings are correctly labeled as hawksbill as well. One was spotted in Balicasag Island in Bohol while the other one was in Batangas. Anybody please care to confirm or correct? Would appreciate it. Thanks.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/695...
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/695...

marylou.wildlife
marylou.wildlife 10 years ago

Beautiful photos of an incredible animal!!

artistatheart
artistatheart 10 years ago

This turtle is a beautiful Green Turtle.

peter
peter 10 years ago

What a great discussion. One of the reasons I love our community. Thanks for all the hard work in helping reclassifying this amazing organism. Tom, please free to update your spotting as you see fit :)

Aj Unni
Aj Unni 10 years ago

Amazing shots! But by the way I think it is a Green Turtle, anyhow it is a wonderful spotting since both are critically endangered.

DoinaRussu
DoinaRussu 10 years ago

very nice!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Hmmm..
Both species are critically endangered...!!

elime
elime 10 years ago

You're welcome! It's ok sometimes it can be a little difficult. Still a beautiful spotting and turtle!

Tom Maebe
Tom Maebe 10 years ago

Thanks for the comments...Yet, interesting discussion if it is now a green or a hawksbill and I have to correct myself. It is a green seaturtle. What convinced me is the claws on each flipper. A hawksbill should have 2 on each, and we see here on picture 2 there is only one claw. Sorry for the mistake. Maybe you should correct this spotting, Peter.

elime
elime 10 years ago

If I understand you correctly, then yes.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Elime you say... with your view... please confirm what should Hawkbill should be...
http://underwater.com.au/article/id/1029...

elime
elime 10 years ago

Yes, that is a Green. Here is a good photo of a Hawksbill for comparison: http://www.costaricaturtles.com/images/h...

JyotirmoyKalita
JyotirmoyKalita 10 years ago

good one

elime
elime 10 years ago

Actually Ashish, take a look at the scutes on the shell. On a Hawksbill, they are more ornate and overlap each other. On a Green, they do not overlap. Also, Green sea turtles have a "bullet-shaped" head and the Hawksbills will have a very prominent pointed beak.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

No doubt... as its Hawksbill...
http://wildlife-eg.yolasite.com/sea-turt...

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Nice creature... Look lovely one..!!

KentHodgkins
KentHodgkins 10 years ago

THIS IS A GREAT PHOTO OF A GREEN TURTLE !!! ( NOT HAWKSBILL TURTLE
)

gorgeous!nice shots! :)

elime
elime 10 years ago

This is actually a Green Sea Turtle. Not a Hawksbill.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_sea_t...

peter
peter 10 years ago

Spotting of the Day!

"The critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtle's shell changes color according to water temperature."

http://facebook.com/projectnoah/posts/20...
http://twitter.com/projectnoah/status/11...

Tom Maebe
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Tom Maebe

Cebu, Philippines

Spotted on Jul 31, 2009
Submitted on Jul 31, 2011

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