Sea turtles are amazing creatures. They are reptiles like all turtles. They also have similar hard carapaces to land turtles, but sea turtles can not retract their legs into their shells. In fact, they don't have legs! They have flippers and a streamlined shell for swimming. There are seven species of sea turtles.
Here are some interesting fun facts about sea turtles:
-It is estimated that only one hatchling in a thousand will make it to adulthood.
-Adult Loggerhead sea turtles can reach more than six feet in length and get to be over 2,000 lbs. They can get to be the size of a VW bug!
-Sea turtle hatchlings are about 2 inches long.
-Sea turtles date back since the time of the dinosaurs.
-Some common foods for sea turtles include jellyfish, seaweed, crabs, shrimp, sponges, snails, algae, and mollusks.
-Kemp's Ridley is the smallest sea turtle. It only reaches 30 inches long.
-Adult male and female sea turtles are the same size.
-Sea turtles can live up to 80 years.
-Green sea turtles can stay underwater for as long as five hours. Their hearts can slow down so much that nine minutes can go by before another beat.
To learn more about each individual species of sea turtle, click here.