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Turtles

  • SEA LIFE, Ocean Tunnel

Turtles are ancient reptiles that have been around for over 200 million years!

Meaning they shared our planet with the earliest Dinosaurs.

There are over 300 species of Turtle in our oceans and rivers today. There are seven species of Sea Turtles – some are critically endangered! They are hunted for their beautiful shells and eggs, and often caught in fishing nets or plastic litter.

Green Sea Turtle

Green Sea Turtles

Turtles are reptiles. 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.

Green Sea Turtle

Meet Ernie our majestic green sea turtle

Adult Green Sea Turtles can be found in subtropical and tropical seas of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Ocean… and right here in our ‘Ocean Tunnel’ at SEA LIFE Hunstanton!

Ernie

Did you know?

  • Green Sea Turtles are the second largest species of marine turtle. The largest recorded Green Sea Turtles weigh over 300Kg...the average person weights 63Kg's!
Small Turtle

Baby Turtles

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!

Turtle

Rescue, rehabilitate and release

SEA LIFE rescues, rehabilitates and releases many Sea Turtles each year which have been injured or lost their way.

Plastic Bag

Plastic bags

Plastic bags are deadly to Sea Turtles which often mistaking them for their favourite food, Jellyfish, and choke on them.

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