Turtles

There are eight different species of sea turtles alive today. Five of them live in the Mediterranean and two of them, the Caretta Caretta and Chelonia Mydas, use Turkey’s coastlines for nesting.

Although many turtles lay between 100 and 200 eggs each time they nest, nearly all species are on the endangered list.

Caretta Caretta Sea Turtle

The Caretta Caretta Sea Turtle is omnivorous, feeding mainly on bottom-dwelling invertebrates. It has a longerlist of prey than any other sea turtle. Food consumed by these creatures include sponge, jelly fish, Horse Shoe Crabs and oysters. Their large and powerful jaws serve as an effective tool for dismantling prey.

Newly emerged hatchlings are carnivorous and eat macro plankton. In contrast, immature juveniles and adults are commonly found in sea grass meadows as they are herbivorous grazers.

Baby Caretta Caretta hatch within 45-60 days depending on the sand temperature. Sex determination is dependent upon the incubation temperature, therefore there is an optimal incubation temperature that ranges between 26°C-32°C. The male sex is determined at cooler temperatures.

 

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

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Plastic bags are deadly to Sea Turtles which often mistaking 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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What can you do to help sea turtles

  • Avoid using motorcycles and building cafes or restaurants at the nesting beach.
  • Turn out lights visible from the beach.
  • Reduce the amount of garbage you produce and clean up any trash you see on the beach.
  • Be aware of sea turtlenesting areas and avoid nesting and hatching turtles.
  • Turn out lights visible from beach.
  • Do not touch baby sea turtles on their way to the sea.
  • Do not leave your pets uncontrolled at the beach.
  • Do not construct campfires on the beach.
  • Remove recreational equipment, such as lounge chairs, cabanas, umbrellas and boats from the beach at night.