Green Sea Turtle

In Rare Video, Young Orcas Learn to Hunt Sea Turtles loading...
In Rare Video, Young Orcas Learn to Hunt Sea Turtles
Watch an unusual incident in which a pod of killer whales toys with a pair of sea turtles as the young orcas learn to hunt.
Searching for Elusive Green Sea Turtles in the Persian Gulf loading...
Searching for Elusive Green Sea Turtles in the Persian Gulf
Scientists are trying to solve riddles about where and how green sea turtles live in the Middle East, one of the world's least-understood turtle populations.
About Green Sea Turtle

The green turtle is a large, weighty sea turtle with a wide, smooth carapace, or shell. It inhabits tropical and subtropical coastal waters around the world and has been observed clambering onto land to sunbathe.

Weighing up to 700 pounds (317.5 kilograms) green turtles are among the largest sea turtles in the world. Their proportionally small head, which is nonretractable, extends from a heart-shaped carapace that measures up to 5 feet (1.5 meters). Males are slightly larger than females and have a longer tail. Both have flippers that resemble paddles, which make them powerful and graceful swimmers.

Fast Facts 

Status: Endangered

Type: Reptile

Diet: Herbivore

Average life span in the wild: Over 80 years

Size: Up to 5 ft (1.5 m)

Weight: Up to 700 lbs (317.5 kg)

Group name: Bale

Did you know? Like other sea turtles, the green turtle cannot pull its head into its shell.

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