SPECIES OF THE WEEK: GREEN SEA TURTLE

Tortuga Blanca / Green Sea Turtles

Tortuga Blanca / Green Sea Turtles

Green Turtles can weigh up to 315 kg, and their shell can reach 1.5 meters in length. They inhabit all tropical and subtropical oceans. Males are larger than females and have a longer tail. Males also have a claw midway up their front flippers with which they grab onto females during mating.
Though juveniles are carnivores, adults feed exclusively on seagrass and algae and are commonly found in shallow lagoons and bays. Juveniles are rarely seen during their first 5 years, but are believed to live in open waters.  On average they reach maturity between 20-30 years of age. Their average lifespan is unknown but estimated to be at least twice that age, and individuals have been known to reach the age of 80. Greens seem to take little notice of humans, and will often tolerate the presence of snorkelers or divers as long as they don’t get too close. The Green Sea Turtle is an Endangered species.

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