Green Sea Turtles
Sea turtles are large turtles that live in the ocean. They can reach 1.5 meters in length. Sea turtles are mostly herbivores meaning they eat plants, not meat. They feed mainly on sea-grass, but are known to sometimes eat jellyfish.
Like all turtles, green sea turtles need to bask (aka sun tan). Basking prevents algae from growing on their shells. Turtles will bask on the beach for many hours at a time.
Sea turtles usually live to be about 80 years old if they reach maturity. I think that it is amazing that they can live that long! The only real dangers for these turtles are humans and sometimes large sharks. When they first hatch, they have many more creatures to worry about. These are: Crabs, seagulls, raccoons, other birds etc.
These large, graceful, ocean dwelling reptiles are sadly endangered.
The reason why they are threatened is mainly because of getting caught in fishing nets. The other reasons are habitat loss, caused by development near or on nesting sites, and pollution of course. 🙁
Although green sea turtles lay almost 200 eggs, many of them don’t survive their first night of hatching, because of predators, or because the city lights lead them the wrong way when they are trying to follow moonlight into the water. People sell “turtle safe” lights that prevent this from happening. I don’t think that will help a lot though.
Green sea turtles live mainly in tropical waters, but migrate to different places.
The good news is that there are groups that are trying to save the sea turtles!