Animals

Weeeeee, Baby Turtle slides down Mother Turtle

baby turtle slides down mother turtle

An adorable baby turtle slides down the neck of it’s mother turtle! Doesn’t get much cuter than that.

Here are some facts about Sea Turtles!

Sea turtles are one of the Earth’s most ancient creatures. The seven species that can be found today have been around for 110 million years, since the time of the dinosaurs. The sea turtle’s shell, or “carapace” is streamlined for swimming through the water.

Unlike other turtles, sea turtles cannot retract their legs and head into their shells. Their color varies between yellow, greenish and black depending on the species

Diet

What sea turtles eat depends on the subspecies, but some common items include jellyfish, seaweed, crabs, shrimp, sponges, snails, algae and mollusks.

Population

It is difficult to find population numbers for sea turtles because male and juvenile sea turtles do not return to shore once they hatch and reach the ocean, which makes it hard to keep track of them.

Did You Know?

Green sea turtles can stay under water for as long as five hours even though the length of a feeding dive is usually five minutes or less. Their heart rate slows to conserve oxygen: nine minutes may elapse between heartbeats.

Behavior

Sea turtles spend most of their lives in the water, where not much information can be gathered on their behavior. Most of what is known about sea turtle behavior is obtained by observing hatchlings and females that leave the water to lay eggs. Sea turtles, like salmon, will return to the same nesting grounds at which they were born.

When females come to the shore they dig out a nest in the ground with their back flippers, bury their clutch of eggs and return to the ocean. After hatching, the young may take as long as a week to dig themselves out of the nest. They emerge at night, move toward the ocean and remain there, solitary, until it is time to mate.

Reproduction

  • Temperature: Temperatures of the sand where the turtles nest determine the sex of the turtle: below 85 degrees Fahrenheit (30ºC) is predominately male; above 85 degrees Fahrenheit (30ºC) is predominately female.
  • Mating Season: March-October depending on the species.
  • Gestation: 6-10 weeks.
  • Clutch size: Between 70-190 eggs depending on the species.
  • When the young hatch out of their eggs, they make their way to the ocean. Few survive to adulthood.
  • Information Sourced from Defenders.org

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    1. One of my favourite animals. They are the reason you should check how your tinned fish was sourced. “Dolphin friendly” doesn’t mean shark, sea turtle and other sea creature friendly. They are caught in the fishing nets and often drown or suffocate

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