17 Interesting Facts About Sea Turtles

Long-lived sea turtles have time to see more in their lives than many people. Many of them lead a rather secretive lifestyle, only occasionally getting out on land, but they are still threatened with extinction. Humanity, unfortunately, has long since launched a large-scale hunt for these creatures, and, despite all efforts being made, poachers are still actively catching them.

  • Adult sea turtles eat only plant food, but cubs and young animals hunt all sorts of crustaceans and other trifles.
  • Only one in a hundred baby sea turtle survives. The rest die in the first hours and minutes after they get out of the shell.
  • These animals have no parental instinct. Having laid eggs on the shore, they immediately leave them forever.
  • Migrating over great distances, sea turtles always find the right place unmistakably. The earth’s magnetic field helps them navigate.
  • The life span of a sea turtle can exceed one hundred years.
  • When it comes time to lay eggs, they always return to where they were born, even if it takes thousands of kilometers to do so.
  • Clumsy and slow on land, sea turtles swim pretty quickly in the water. Moreover, they row only with their front paws.
  • Among all the turtles in the world, only the leathery one does not have a hard shell.
  • When swimming, they are capable of speeds up to 35 km / h.
  • The ancestors of sea turtles inhabited our planet about 100 million years ago.
  • The largest sea turtles weigh up to 350-400 kg. But a fair share of that weight comes from the carapace.
  • They can exist only in warm regions, so they live only in the seas of the tropical and subtropical zones.
  • Sea turtles living in different places, but in similar conditions, still, start the mating season at different times. Why is it a mystery?
  • On average, an adult female lays up to a thousand eggs.
  • Green sea turtles are the largest of these. The length of the shell can reach 130-140 centimeters.
  • Land turtles of almost all species are inferior in size to their sea relatives.
  • In Malaysia, there is an ancient legend that it was the sea turtle that once created our world.
Alice White

Written by Alice White

Alice White, a devoted pet lover and writer, has turned her boundless affection for animals into a fulfilling career. Originally dreaming of wildlife, her limited scientific background led her to specialize in animal literature. Now she happily spends her days researching and writing about various creatures, living her dream.

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