Facts About Sea Turtles

You must have seen sea turtles while visiting warm temperate seas or at aquariums but how much do you really know about them. Here we endeavor to tell you plenty of facts about sea turtles.
| Monday, January 17, 2011
Do you want to know where sea turtles live? Well! These reptiles are found in coastal waters, bays, lagoons, estuaries and shallow waters. Sea turtles love to bury themselves underwater in mud or sand and remain that way November to March. If you are still wondering how long sea turtles live and where they live, then read on since this article answers all your questions regarding this beautiful sea creature.

Sea Turtle Facts

  • Sea turtles have a life span of up to 80 years.
  • Sea turtles eat shrimps, clams, jellyfish and plants.
  • Hawksbill turtles live on sea sponges. Apart from this turtle only a few other sea animals consume them since they are highly poisonous.
  • Before baby sea turtles head towards the ocean they circle their nest once after hatching.
  • The largest sea turtle is the leatherback sea turtle. They are 6 and a half feet long and weight almost 1,500 lb.
  • The soft shelled turtle makes the use of its long tip nose as well as nostrils to breathe under water.
  • Green sea turtles have the ability to stay under water for more than five hours without coming to the surface for air.
  • If a sea turtle finds itself in danger it can swim about 20 miles an hour.
  • The weight of a sea turtle ranges from 150 to 1000 pounds.
  • The shell of a sea turtle is as tough as a rock. It is because of this fact that it never cracks when it dives into waters.
  • Leatherback sea turtles can dive more than 300 meters.
  • Sea turtles have the ability to stay submerged underwater for a period as long as 5 hours. Of course this may prove fatal as it slows down the sea turtles heart rate.
  • The shell of the sea turtles has strange markings.
  • The deep green sea turtle is blessed with beautiful skin because of which it is often killed.
  • Shells, perfumes, cosmetics and leather are products that are made from Hawksbill sea turtles.
  • Unfortunately only one out of a thousand sea turtles survive after they hatch.
  • Sea turtles belong to the class of reptiles.
  • Sea turtles are loners that eat and rest throughout the day.
  • Most of the species of sea turtles are nomads that travel about 1,300 miles a day.
  • The leatherback sea turtles are those that have the longest migration.
  • When female sea turtles are ready to lay eggs they go back to the beach where they were born.
  • The tears that you think sea turtles shed is nothing but the excretion of salt absorbed in sea water.
   
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