Top 7 Facts about Sea Turtles

1. There are seven species of sea turtle that exist in the world’s oceans today: green sea turtle, loggerhead sea turtle, Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, hawksbill sea turtle, flatback sea turtle, olive ridley sea turtle, and leatherback sea turtle.

2. They are one of the world’s most ancient creatures and have existed for about 110 million years.

3. The main difference between sea turtles and other types of turtle is that sea turtles cannot pull their heads and legs into their shells.

4. It is unknown what their population is because male sea turtles and young juvenile sea turtles do not go back to the shore once they hatch and they remain at sea.

5. Sea turtles have the ability to stay underwater for up to five hours. When they are underwater, the sea turtle slows their heart rate in order to preserve their oxygen underwater. This can slow up to 9 beats per minute.

6. They enjoy warm and temperate waters and they migrate long distances as far as 1400 miles between the areas they feed and where they nest.

7. When they nest females will dig out a nest in the ground an bury their eggs before they return to the sea and leave the eggs alone. When they hatch, the young sea turtles are completely on their own and without the aid of their mother. They will take as long as a week to dig themselves out of the nest in which they are buried. Once they have dug themselves out of the burrow, young sea turtles will start to move towards the ocean but will do this in the cover of night to avoid predators.