The Magnificent Sea Turtle

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Sea turtles can be found in almost every ocean basin on the Planet, making their nesting grounds on tropical and subtropical beaches all around the world and are known to travel long distances to feed, often crossing vast oceans.

From the moment a baby sea turtle is born, the fight for survival begins. The youngsters must leave the safety of the sandy nest and make it to the water, this means facing various dangers such as Frigate Birds that patrol the beaches in search of easy prey.

Having made it past the dangers on the beach, the little turtles must now dash to the safety of the sea but first, they must make it past the waves another dangerous obstacle, they might drown. Once there they will swim frantically for days until they reach the safety of deeper oceans where they will disappear for months.

Decades later, the now full-grown females will return to the very same beaches to lay their eggs where they too started life. Turtles use the earth’s magnetic field to guide them, they are able to navigate their way across the vastness of the ocean, not many will make it but those who do might just live to a great old age of 80 years.

There are seven different types of sea turtle :

Hawksbill Sea Turtle
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle
Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle
Flatback Sea Turtle
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Green Sea Turtle

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