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Learn About the Beautiful and Endangered Green Sea Turtle

Green sea turtles are notable for being one of the largest sea turtle subgroups in the oceanic world. The name of this species is quite simple as it is named after the color of their skin and shell, the color green! Ironically, a green sea turtle's most distinguishable physical feature is its relatively hard shells.

According to many marine biologists, green sea turtles can be categorized into two subspecies. There are technically two types of green turtles, the Eastern Pacific green turtle, and the Atlantic green turtle. However, both these species of green sea turtles are usually referred to as being one group.

The Atlantic green turtle, one of the most distinguishable green turtles, can be found on the coastlines of Europe and the east coast of the U.S. The Eastern Pacific green turtles trickle up and down the coastal regions of Alaska and Chile. These turtle species can survive underwater for five hours before reaching low oxygen levels.

A green sea turtle’s diet consists of plants and invertebrates such as seaweed and jellyfish. Interestingly, scientists speculate that their mostly plant-based diet is the cause of their green color. Female green turtles are slightly smaller than their male counterparts. Female green turtles lay their eggs on the shore by digging ample spacious holes in the sand. Within these nests, the green sea turtle can lay up to 200 eggs at a time. It’s a common practice for females to lay their eggs in the beach area where they were born in.

Unfortunately, green turtles are one of many animal species that are on the endangered species list. Although they are endangered, these creatures are still being hunted and killed for food and their eggs. Boat propeller mishaps, fishnet-related deaths, and human encroachment on their breeding areas have all affected their population numbers. Green sea turtles are unique and interesting creatures that deserve to live safe and healthy lives.

[Source: National Geographic]

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