There are only seven distinct species of sea turtles.
Sea turtles return to the same beach where they were born to lay their eggs.
One of the biggest dangers to sea turtles is fishing nets.
Green sea turtles can stay underwater for four to five hours before they come up for air.
The Leatherback turtle can weigh up to 1,500 pounds.
Scientists have tagged thousands of sea turtles.
It is estimated that only one out of 1,000 hatchlings survives to be an adult.
Sea turtles don’t have a favorite food
Some sea turtles migrate very long distances while others stay close to home.
They cannot retract into their shell-like other turtles.
Temperature dictates the sex of baby turtles.
They can hold their breath for five hours underwater.
They live for about 100 years.
They have an excellent sense of direction.
Sea turtles are ancient species, having been around since the time of the dinosaurs — about 110 million years.
An adult hawksbill sea turtle eats an average of 1,200 pounds of sponges a year.
The leatherback's flexible shell allows it to dive to great depth to feast on its favorite prey — jellyfish and salps.
Loggerhead sea turtles, named for their relatively large heads, have powerful jaws for cracking hard-shelled prey like whelks and conchs.
The green is the largest hard-shelled sea turtle. It grows from a two-inch hatchling weighing one-half pound to an adult size of 3 feet long and 300-350 lbs.
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