Green Turtle

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Green sea turtle

The green turtle is one of the largest sea turtles. Green turtles are in fact named for the greenish color of their cartilage and fat, not their shells. In the Eastern Pacific, Green turtles that have darker shells are called black turtles by the locals.

Where are they located?

They are located in the Mesoamerican Reef. East Coast of Africa, Gulf of California, The Galapagos and the Coral Triangle.



Named after the green color of the fat found beneath its shell, the green sea turtle spends much of its 80-year lifespan plying the tropical and subtropical waters of the world’s oceans. Unlike other sea turtles, green sea turtles are mostly herbivores, feeding off seagrass that grows in shallow areas. The waters and beaches of Hawaii are the turtle’s most important habitat in the US, but minor nesting sites can also be found along the coast of Florida.

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Eggs and Gender

Although they spend most of their lives in the water, all sea turtles must return to the beaches to lay their eggs. Rising sea levels from global warming may submerge many of the beaches the green sea turtle relies on. Temperature also helps determine the gender of the eggs. Warmer temperatures change the balance toward the female turtle, which changes the gender balance of not only green sea turtles, but other endangered turtle species as well.

Fun Facts

The green sea turtle gets its name not from the color of its shell but from the greenish shade of its fat.

A sharp beak helps the turtles rip through vegetation. Their shells, which are lighter and more dynamic than other turtles, allow them to swim easily through the water, while flippers enable them to swim long distances.

Male sea turtles spend their entire lives at sea, but females return to the same beaches they were born on, once every two years give or take to lay their eggs.

Enviorment effection

They help keep the sea grass bed at a healthy grass length so the grass doesn't out grow other underwater plants.

Cause of endagerment

Sea turtles virtually everywhere are affected by fisheries, especially longlines, gill nets, and trawls. The most severe of these impacts are death after entanglement, habitat destruction and food web changes.

Why should we save the species?

So the sea grass doesn't take over the sea bed and kill other plats that other animals use as a home.

Aid the species

People over-use the beaches so they kill the eggs under the sand. The turtles need the beaches more than the humans do.