The green sea turtle is a large sea turtle of the family Cheloniidae. Its range extends throughout tropical and subtropical seas around the world, with two distinct populations in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This sea turtle’s dorsoventrally flattened body is covered by a large, teardrop-shaped carapace; it has a pair of large, paddle-like flippers. It is usually lightly colored, although in the eastern Pacific populations parts of the carapace can be almost black. Unlike other members of its family, C. mydas is mostly herbivorous. The adults usually inhabit shallow lagoons, feeding mostly on various species of seagrasses. Like other sea turtles, green sea turtles migrate long distances between feeding grounds and hatching beaches. Females crawl out on
beaches, dig nests and lay eggs during the night. Later, hatchlings
emerge and scramble into the water. Those that reach maturity may live to eighty years in the wild. The green sea turtle is listed as endangered by the IUCN red list!
“To reach their nesting grounds, green turtles migrate long distances, traveling back to the beaches where they were born. After mating in the shallow waters near shore, female turtles climb onto the beach and lay their eggs in a pit.” -
A green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas. This is my last illustration I made for my internship in Greece. These past three months have been amazing and I will miss the beautiful nature of Greece and the amazing scientists I worked with.
It is good to know there are actually a lot of people who care about nature and its conservation. I hope my illustrations will be used for the same great cause as well.
Green sea turtles are reptiles whose ancestors evolved on land and took to the sea to live about 150 million years ago. They are one of the few species so ancient that they watched the dinosaurs evolve and become extinct.
In this photo - This Green Sea Turtle is getting cleaned by Yellow Tangs. Like most surgeonfish, yellow tangs are algae eaters. This works well for the turtles that are unable to wash their own backs. Yellow tangs are the number one fish caught here in Hawaii for export to the aquarium market and are becoming very rare on some the Islands. Please don’t buy any wild fish for your aquariums. You will make the turtles very happy. Source & other images for sale here: http://reeflections.smugmug.com
The green turtle is a large sea turtle that inhabits tropical and subtropical coastal waters around the world. Occasionally seen sunbathing, it is one of the few marine turtles known to leave the water other than at nesting times.
It is named not for the color of its shell, which is normally brown or olive depending on its habitat, but for the greenish color of its skin.
Weighing up to 700 pounds (317.5 kilograms) green turtles are among the largest sea turtles in the world. Their proportionally small head is non-retractable and 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.
Unlike most sea turtles, adult green turtles are herbivores, feeding on sea grasses and algae. Juveniles, however, will also eat invertebrates like crabs, jellyfish, and sponges.