Happy World Turtle Day !

Today (May 23rd) is World Turtle Day!

World Turtle Day was established in 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, and aims to increase public interest and knowledge of turtles and tortoises.

So, in the spirit of ‘shellebration’ here’s a quick look at each of the 7 species of marine turtle.
**Click on each species’ name to visit their IUCN red list entry for more information**

Leatherback Dermochelys coriacea Leatherback Turtle   
  • Status: Vulnerable
  • Distribution: Nests on tropical beaches and ranges into subtropical and sub-polar seas across both Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
  • Meal of choice: Jellyfish
    • **Largest species of marine turtle**

 

 

 

Loggerhead Caretta carettaLoggerhead Turtle
  • Status: Vulnerable
  • Distribution: Found globally in subtropical and temperate regions across Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. Most common in the Mediterranean.
  • Meal of Choice: Sea Urchins and Clams
  • ** Largest species of hard-shelled turtle**

 

 

Green Turtle Chelonia mydasGreen Turtle
  • Status: Endangered
  • Distribution: Mainly found in tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans and Mediterranean sea.
  • Meal of Choice: Sea grass
  • **Only herbivorous marine turtle species**

Climate Change turning green turtle populations female in the northern Great Barrier Reef

 

Flatback Natator depressusFlatback Turtle
  • Status: Data Deficient
  • Distribution: Found in tropical waters of Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea. Nests only in Australia.
  • Meal of Choice: Crabs and Mollusks
  • ** Most restricted range of any sea turtle**

 

 

Hawksbill Eretmochelys imbHawksbill Turtlericata
  • Status: Critically Endangered
  • Distribution: Found globally throughout the world’s tropical oceans, mainly on coral reefs.
  • Meal of Choice: Sponges and Sea Anemones
  • **Nests on beaches in at least 60 different countries**

 

 

 

KempOlive Ridley Lepdochelys olivacea
  • Status: Vulnerable
  • Distribution: Subtropical and tropical waters. Few remaining nesting sites left globally
  • Meal of Choice: Crabs and Mollusks
  • **Currently the most abundant species of marine turtle**
OliveKemp’s Ridley Lepidochelys kempii
  • Status: Critically Endangered
  • Distribution: Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Most females nest on a single beach in Mexico.
  • Meal of Choice: Crabs and Mollusks
  • **Smallest marine turtle species along with Olive Ridley**

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