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Turtles

Turtles have lived on earth for more than 200 million years. Back in the days they actually shared our planet with the mighty dinosaurs!

Today there are about 300 different species of turtles of which some are endangered. The turtles shields and eggs are hunted through fishing and plastic nets.   

Read more below about the terrapins we have at SEA LIFE Helsinki!

Turtles in SEA LIFE Helsinki

The turtles living in SEA LIFE Helsinki are called Reeves turtles. 

These turtles can be found out in the nature in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, however there are many threats to the species such as over hunting and catching them as pets. Reeves turtle is a popular pet even in Finland and the species is known to reproduce well even in captivity. Its name comes from an English nature scientist John Reeves and its latin name is Mauremys Reevesii.  

Turtles are reptiles so they have to breathe air and are often seen coming to the surface to fill their lungs. They can hold their breath for many hours at a time if they are not stressed, for example when they go to sleep.

 

Plastic bags are deadly to Sea Turtles as they often mistake them for their favorite food, Jellyfish, and choke on them.

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!

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 are deadly to Sea Turtles as they often mistake them for their favorite food, Jellyfish, and choke on them.

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Plastic bags are deadly to Sea Turtles as they often mistake them for their favorite food, Jellyfish, and choke on them.

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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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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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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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