Green Sea turtle

The green sea turtle, as it’s name suggests it is a species of turtle, and has a green sort of colouring  on their body and a bit on it’s shell. Also like most other species of turtles they have a beaked shaped mouth and head. Their paddle-like flippers are well adapted to life in the water,  when they are on the land they are much slower than when they are in the  water where they can go several kilometers fast. It is when they are land that they are really like what most people think turtles behave like today.  One of the green sea turtles closest relatives is the hawksbill turtle, however unlike their close relative, the green sea turtle doesn’t have a hooked jaw, instead it has a more rounded jaw.

The average weight of the matured ( older sea turtles or adult sea turtles) is 68-190kg, although some of these animals have been caught weighing 315kgs and some have been caught even more!. The female green sea turtles will usually  lay their eggs on the same beach that they were born on and they will usually try to come back to the same breeding grounds every year if they can. However this can also end up being bad for the turtles themselves as some predators will work out that they come back to the same beach often and will prey on their eggs.

The green sea turtle like most other animals have got lots of predators that they have got to watch out for. These include for the adults sharks ( mainly the tiger shark which will usually hunt in tropical areas. And for the hatchlings ( the baby turtles) they have much more these include: crabs, sharks, gulls/seabirds, golden jackals, red foxes and small marine animals. But probably one of the most dangerous predators to the green sea turtles both adult and hatchlings is humans.

The green sea turtle hatchlings will start their lives off by cracking through their egg’s shells ( in the night time), digging up to the surface and then instinctively make their way down tho the beach. Whilst they are doing this they are extremely vulnerable to becoming a predators  midnight snack or late dinner as they crawl their way to the ocean. Just about 1% of the green sea turtle will reach full maturity ( they reach this at anywhere from 20- 50 years of age.) where the other ones will either fall prey to sharks or other marine animals or by choking on plastic bags. And some of them will die of poaching. This is where they get killed for their shells, heads or flippers, and they will be most commonly used for boots, bags and belts.               

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