Green Sea Turtle

Shanice Clark

Background Information

  • Scientific Name: Chelonia Mydas
  • Animal Group: Bale
  • Habitat: Ocean Waters and nesting habitats; It hatches its eggs on land and return to the ocean. Tropical and subtropical oceans
  • Usually found in Europe & North America in Ocean biomes
  • Herbivores; eats sea grass and algae

5 Interesting Facts

  • can hold their breath for hours
  • one of the oldest groups of species
  • go on long migrations up to 1400 miles
  • temperatures of the sand where they nest determines the sex
  • below 85F - male; above 85F- Female

Green Turtles Are Endangered! 203,000 are left!

Why?

Green turtles are killed:
  • for their meat and eggs
  • by boat propeller accidents
  • fishing net-caused drownings
  • destruction of nesting grounds by humans

Importance

Green turtles are important because they are:

  • protectors of coral reefs
  • used as spiritual symbols
  • seen as site views for tourists

Conservative Efforts

  • Fishing gears are being modified
  • laws are put in place to protect them
  • they are regularly monitored by NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

Do not buy anything made with any Green turtle products!