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Top 10 Sea Turtle Facts


Top 10 Sea Turtle Facts

Sea turtles are long-lived reptiles, with some living for more than 50 years. They won't attain sexual maturity until they're around 30 years old. They've been doing this for more than 100 million years; however, in recent decades, humans have threatened them, which could lead to extinction. Some of these challenges, such as poaching for their meat or shells, pollution, habitat loss owing to coastal development, and climate change, have significantly influenced sea turtle populations.


One of the most serious risks to most sea turtles is unexpected arrest by fishing gear (that typically results in death). Vessel strikes are also prevalent and can cause serious injury or death to turtles. Propellers and blunt force damage from the vessel's hull can inflict injuries or death. Sea turtles spend most of their life in the ocean, only coming ashore to bask or lay their eggs. They frequent seagrass beds, tidal mangrove creeks, and coral reefs that are key feeding places. Sea turtles help to sustain seagrass beds or coral reefs by eating them. This implies they are charismatic and adorable animals and a necessary species for maintaining healthy marine ecosystems.