Sea Turtles

Sea turtles are marine animals that are older than dinosaurs. There are seven species of sea turtles living in world’s oceans today that came from original sea turtles some 200 million years ago.

The Green sea turtle was named for the green colour of its fat. Scientists think this colour comes from the plants this turtle eats.

Hawksbill sea turtles have a narrow head and a beak like that of a bird. Leatherbacks are the largest of all sea turtles. This species do not have a hard shell with scales like the other sea turtles but instead a tough rubber-like skin that looks like leather.

The loggerhead sea turtle has a huge head like a cement block with a strong, powerful jaw that can crack open a Queen conch!

Kemp’s ridley and Olive ridley sea turtles. The name ridley means ‘riddler’. A riddler is someone who asks tricky questions or makes difficult puzzles to solve. For a long time these turtles were a puzzle to scientists who tried hard to figure out where these animals came from and where they nested.

And finally, we have the Flatback sea turtle. This turtle lives mostly in Australia and just as you guessed by looking at its name, this turtle has a flat back!

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