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Amazing Facts About Sea Turtles


Amazing Facts About Sea Turtles

  • 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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