The Sea Turtle for me, is an amazing creature, and to snorkel with one would be phenomenal.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have a couple swim by me in rough waters in Hawaii, but I really look forward to being able to swim with them in a clear blue ocean.
I want to say it’s due to the way they gently travel through the water, but it’s probably more so because I love Crush and Squirt from Finding Nemo………don’t tell me you didn’t love that film as well duuuuuuude!
Watching countless documentaries, it’s been great seeing these little guys hatching from the beach and then trying to make it to the sea and not get eaten along the way.
Those that are lucky to make it away from the predators to the sea normally get to live a long life. The Sea Turtle can live up to 100 years, with some living even longer than that!
Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) sea turtles are said to travel more than 10,000 miles a year, thats a hell of a lot of swimming. But despite all of this travelling, the females always return to the same beach to lay their eggs from where they were born.
An interesting fact on the Sea Turtle
The sex of the turtle is determined by the temperature of the surrounding environment during incubation.
When bred in captivity you can decide if you want females (warmer) or males (cooler) by amending the temperature of the incubation station.
You can find sea turtles in many different oceans.
- The Flatback (Natator depressa) in Australia and New Guinea.
- Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) on the Pacific coast of Mexico and Costa Rica.
- Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) can be found all over the place Colombia, Israel, Greece and Japan to name just a few.
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