Turtles

200 million years. Thats how long turtles have been around for! (Thats back when the dinosaurs were still around)

Turtles are beautiful - which sadly means they often get hunted for their shells and eggs. They also often get caught fishing nets or plastic litter which is why its important to recycle and dispose of plastic properly!

Scroll down to find out more about SEA LIFE Brighton’s Sea Turtles and Terrapins!

Green Sea Turtles

Ew! A Green Sea Turtles body fat is bright green!

This is because they eat only seagrass and algae and are completely herbivorous as adults. Its how they got their name. Baby Green Sea Turtles, on the other hand, eat Crabs, Sponges and Jellyfish.

Our green turtles are Lulu and Gulliver. Lulu is our biggest resident and weighs in at a whopping 28 stone. That’s huge! Mind you, she’s had plenty of time to get to that size - Lulu and Gulliver are 78 years old.

 

Plastic bags look a lot like jellyfish, right? Imagine being a hungry sea turtle and not being able to tell the difference.

SEA LIFE rescues, rehabilitates and releases many Sea Turtles each year which have been injured or lost their way. Turtle Watch allows you to see what happens to these turtles once they are tagged and released!

That's hot! or cold? The temperature of the sand in which a Sea Turtle's eggs are buried determines what gender they will be. If it's warmer they'll be girls, cooler and they'll be boys!

Plastic bags look a lot like jellyfish, right? Imagine being a hungry sea turtle and not being able to tell the difference.

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Plastic bags look a lot like jellyfish, right? Imagine being a hungry sea turtle and not being able to tell the difference.

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SEA LIFE rescues, rehabilitates and releases many Sea Turtles each year which have been injured or lost their way. Turtle Watch allows you to see what happens to these turtles once they are tagged and released!

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SEA LIFE rescues, rehabilitates and releases many Sea Turtles each year which have been injured or lost their way. Turtle Watch allows you to see what happens to these turtles once they are tagged and released!

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That's hot! or cold? The temperature of the sand in which a Sea Turtle's eggs are buried determines what gender they will be. If it's warmer they'll be girls, cooler and they'll be boys!

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That's hot! or cold? The temperature of the sand in which a Sea Turtle's eggs are buried determines what gender they will be. If it's warmer they'll be girls, cooler and they'll be boys!

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Terrapins

Snap!

A terapins jaw is so strong it could easily break your finger. But don't worry, these guys are a bit too slow to cause too much damage without you realising. 

Get up really close and personal with our terrapins by crawling underneath and saying hello through a special double viewing bubble.

All our Terrapins have been rescued from people who couldn't look after them anymore. Terrapins are often bought when they are very small and cute, but they aren't ideal pets: They need lots of varied food, a heat lamp for sunbathing, lots of water for swimming and they can live for over 40 years! 

 

 

Pig Nosed Turtle

Herman is ancient. Not him exactly, but his species have no close relatives, and his ancestors outlived the dinosaurs! This makes him a living fossil. 

Herman was donated to us after he outgrew his tank and was given to us to look after. We don’t mind. He’s a very nice Turtle although he doesn't like other turtles. He eats vegetation and will occasionally eat cockles, large shrimps and pellets.

The Pig Nosed Turtle is the only freshwater turtle, which has flippers in the place of feet! They have sharp claws and are very strong. Unbelievably, the eggs of this turtle hatch underwater.