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Wisdom Wednesday | Green Sea Turtles

Shore Buddies Wisdom Wednesday 02/17/2021

Instagram photo of a Green Sea Turtle swimming by coral. Photo by Danny Lee.
Photo by Danny Lee

Green Sea Turtles are the only species of sea turtle that is an herbivore. These turtles got their name because their diet consists of seagrass and algae, which contributes to the green color of their fatty tissue. Green Sea Turtles are also the largest of the hard-shelled sea turtles and the second largest of all sea turtles. Green Turtles average about 3-4 feet long and weigh around 300-350 pounds. They usually live for about 60-70 years and inhabit the coasts of over 140 countries. These turtles travel vast distances throughout their lifetime, sometimes crossing entire oceans. To navigate, Green Turtles use the Earth’s magnetic field. Female Green Sea Turtles return to the beach where they were hatched to nest, regardless of how far away it is. The largest nesting areas lie off the coast of Central America and at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Generally, only the female Green Turtles go ashore during their lifetimes, however, there is a population in Hawaii in which both male and females will bask on the beaches during the day.