Green Sea Turtle

안녕하세요, family and friends. Today is all about the most popular species of sea turtles. The Green Sea Turtle.

Firstly, I just want to to welcome you all to the very first post for this new segment: Turtle of the Month. I have made an introduction for it on my 23 May 2020 | World Turtle Day post. You can click the link if you haven’t read that already.

Secondly, I want to put out a disclaimer:

I am not an expert on turtles or zoology. I have put together this information from different respected organisations and sources, see 'REFERENCES' below. This is essentially a compilation of all the facts and interesting information I've found online . 

There are overall seven different species of Sea Turtles the exact number of months left for 2020. For this first month, I would like for us to get to know the Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia Mydas)

What do they look like?
Compared to other sea turtles
Habitat
  • They prefer warmer waters and they are sensitive to both cold and heat
  • So, they live in mostly subtropical, tropical oceans and mainland beaches or near coastline
    • Pacific Ocean
    • Atlantic Ocean
    • Indian Ocean
  • Male green sea turtles spend their whole lives at sea
  • Females come out of the water to lay their eggs which is why they are also found in coastlines or around islands
Nesting

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  • An average of 100 to 150 eggs are laid every 2-4 years with an average of 3.5 times per season
  • The eggs are covered in sand and incubates for about 2 months or 60 days
  • The females travel to the same beach they were born in
  • It can take 20-40 years for them to reach sexual maturity
Size and Weight
  • Eggs are usually as large as a ping-pong ball and weighs 40-50g
  • Hatchlings are around 30-40mm and weighs and 25-30g
  • An adult’s carapace (hard shell) is usually 3-4.5ft or 83-114cm length and weighs around 240-420 pounds 110-190kg!
These adult Green Sea Turtles are twice as heavy as I am!!! 
What do they eat?

LOUISE MURRAY | SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

  • Young Greens (less than 8-10inches) usually eat grass, algae and soft-bodied invertebrates:
    • Jellyfish
    • Worms
    • Snails
    • Sponges
    • Aquatic insects
    • Crabs
  • Adult Greens (more than 8-10inches) are herbivorous, mostly eating grass and algae
    • their jaws have become serrated (sawlike) which helps them tear vegetations and soft corals
Fun facts:
  • They played a role in helping EU explorers with their venture to the New World – providing a food source and navigations at night
  • Some female greens who are nesting have been observed to make faux nests next to their real nest – to deceive predators
  • Greens can travel 3,000 miles at the speed of up to 15miles/hour
  • They have the most widely dispersed nesting sites compared to other sea turtles.
  • Green turtles are called black turtles in Eastern Pacific because they have a darker colouration. They’re also usually smaller, laying fewer eggs.
This was from a week ago. 10th June 2020

Threats:

  • Residential and commercial development
    • They are losing their habitats from coastal developments
    • Illegal harvest of their meat and eggs for human consumption
    • Parts (usually their carapace) is used for leather
  • Unintentional effects
    • Getting caught in fishermen’s nets

What can we do to help?

  • For those like me, who are far from any turtle conservation centres or turtle nesting sites – here’s what we can do:
Use reusable water bottles and bags – because all waste end up in the ocean and sea turtles can’t tell the difference.
For those who are able to help directly – Visit this link fisheries.noaa
REFERENCES:
-seaturtlestatus.org
-Burkemuseum.org
-conserveturtle.org
-flickr - wayne greeny4 (featured photo)
-IUCN-REDLIST
-Fisheries.noaa.gov

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

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10 Thoughts on “Green Sea Turtle

  1. I loved this, especially the graphic showing all the different turtle sizes 😃 I didn’t know young turtles were “carnivores” either, that’s an interesting new fact I’ve learnt 😊

    1. Thank you, I’m glad you were able to learn something new! And I know, I was shocked when I first read that too but it is really interesting😁✨

  2. I had no idea there were more than 3-4 types of turtles, that’s if you don’t count the teenage mutant ninja turtles of course. I was aware that they eat a lot of plastic due to it looking like jellyfish, which is just so annoying and frustrating. We need to look after the environment

    1. I like that! I really do love teenage mutant ninja turtles too☺️ We really do, it’s one of the biggest downfall of our ever growing world. Although, plastics have been beneficial in a lot of ways too.. It’s just not so good for our environment😔

  3. Wow, this was a super interesting read! I learnt some things I didn’t know before!
    Amber – The Unpredicted Page

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