Important to keep in mind

Sea turtles are endangered and some species are even critically endangered. Their survival depends a lot on our actions as human. Spread around the following messages, to educate people and help everyone to act more responsibly around sea turtles. This will help to ensure that more turtles can survive. Sea turtles are adorable, and they are crucial for our environment and the balance of the ecosystem.

Don't disturb nesting sea turtles

If you spot a nesting sea turtle, remain quiet and do not disturb or scare her. The unfinished nesting puts the female under danger, as well as dooms all the eggs, since they will not be properly covered. Females mostly nest at night. Avoid using flashlights or any other bright lights.

Don't make fire on a beach

While living on an island where sea turtles nest vastly on the sandy beaches, a camp-fire can become a real danger to the unborn sea turtles. From the heat of the fire, the eggs under the sand will warm up and be destroyed.

Don't touch sea turtles

If you want to show your care for sea turtles, petting them won’t do it. Observe them for a distance and respect their freedom and space.

Touching sea turtles poses a risk to you and to the sea turtle. An adult sea turtle’s jaws are powerful enough to bite your fingers off. They can become aggressive if they are feeling threatened. In addition, sea turtles might bite you by accident, if you are between them and their food.

The bacteria and fungi on their carapace are sensitive to sunscreen found on your skin. Touching them, can leave some of the sunscreen on them, killing these micro-organisms, which are critical for the health of the turtles.

About Sea Turtles

There are seven species of sea turtles: the Green, Loggerhead, Kemp’s Ridley, Olive Ridley, Hawksbill, Flatback, and Leatherback. Most of them are endangered, with some (such as Hawksbill) being critically endangered. Apart from Flatbacks, who are found only in the waters around Australia, all six sea turtle species are found in every ocean except the Antarctic.


Most sea turtle species live between 35 to 80 years. Some individuals, however, may exceed 200 years. Green sea turtles tend to have the longest average lifespan of 80 years. Hawksbill and the Flatbacks tend to live around 35+ years.

Sea turtles are as old as dinosaurs

Leatherback turtles were around while dinosaurs were still alive. The fossils of the oldest known sea turtle date back around 150 million years. Dinosaurs became extinct around 65 million years ago. That means they were swimming in our oceans while T.Rex was running around on land.

Leatherbacks are huge

Leatherbacks are the largest of all sea turtle species. They grow to around 1.2 to 1.9m (3.9-6.2 feet) and weight from 200 to 500kb (441 to 1,100 pounds). The biggest Leatherback found weighted  916 kg (2,019 pounds).

Leatherbacks are unlike other sea turtles

Leatherbacks are also the only sea turtle that doesn’t have a hard shell. Their carapace is rubbery to touch and is somewhat flexible. Hence, is their name – leatherback.

Fun Facts:

  • Sea Turtles can’t pull their heads and limbs inside their shell.
  • Temperatures of the nest affect the gender of the hatchlings – larger temperatures result in more females in the nest.
  • Female sea turtles always return to the same nesting place where they were born.
  • Male turtles spend all their lives in the water, as they don’t need to go out on the shore for nesting.
  • Sea turtles “cry out” excess salt from their eyes, which might appear as crying.
  • Green sea turtles can last on one breath for up to five hours. However, they rarely go for so long without coming up to breath.
  • Sea turtle eggs look just like golf or ping-pong balls. A female can lay up to 150 eggs every two to three years.
  • Only around 1 hatchling in 1,000 will make it to adulthood.
  • Hatchlings, while crawling to the sea from their nest, imprint the location of their birth and “calibrate” their internal “GPS system”. That’s why it is important not to carry them to the water, if you spot a hatching nest.
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