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Hawaiian Sea Turtles
Hawaii Green Sea Turtles
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Green Sea Turtles


Green Sea Turtles

Hawksbill Sea Turtles

Leatherback Sea Turtles

Olive Ridley Sea Turtles

Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Sea Turtle History

Sea Turtle Protection

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Sea Turtles
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Olive Ridley Turtle- Lepidochelys oliveacea

Olive Ridley’s are the most abundant of all sea turtles. They measure around two feet in length and have small heads and small olive gray shells. They weigh between 70 to 100 pounds. They lay their eggs on beaches in masses estimated at as many as 13000 turtles at a time. It is reported that large numbers die in illegally laid fishing nets during nesting.

They mostly eat marine invertebrates such as shrimps, crabs, mussels, clams, sea urchins, squid and jellyfish. They use their strong jaws to crush and grind their food. When feeding, these turtles can dive up to 550 feet. They migrate thousands of miles in the course of a year.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle - Caretta caretta

Loggerhead turtles can be identified by their unusually large head. Reddish brown on the top and yellowish-brown underneath, their carapace or top shell is heart-shaped. Hatchlings are dark brown in color. When mature, loggerheads can weigh between 200 and 400 pounds and reach 32 to 41 inches in length.

Marine invertebrates such as crabs, clams, mollusks, sea urchins, fish and sponges make up the carnivorous Loggerhead’s diet. Like all of the sea turtles, they lack teeth so they crush their prey with their powerful beak before swallowing it.

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