Scientific Name: Chelonioidea
Colour: Brown, Tan, Green
Life Span: 60-80 years
Predator: Human, Sharks, Killer Whale
Prey: Fish, Crabs, Seaweed, Jellyfish
Size: 79-150cm (31-59in)
Weight: 158-400kg (350-882lbs)
Top Speed: 4km/h (2.4mph)
Habitat: Tropical coastal waters and beaches
Sea turtles are found in all of the major oceans and smaller seas with the exception of the Arctic Circle as it is generally too cold for sea turtles as they tend to prefer more temperate waters.The bigger species of seaturtle are found more in the Southern Hemisphere in the tropical,warmer waters.
There are 7 known species of sea turtle today including the flatback sea turtle which is native to Australia;the green sea turtle which is found all over the world but there are larger populations of the green sea turtle in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans;the hawksbill turtle is a critically endangered species of sea turtle and can be found all over the world;the kemps ridley turtle is the rarest species of sea turtle in the world and is found in the Atlantic ocean and in the Gulf of Mexico;the leatherback sea turtle is the largest species of sea turtle and is the most widely distributed species of sea turtle,found all over the world;the loggerhead sea turtle is known for it's large head and is mainly found in the Atlantic,Indian and Pacific oceans; the olive ridley sea turtle is the smallest species of sea turtle and is generally found in the Indo-Pacific and Atlantic oceans.Although sea turtles spend their time out at sea,sea turtles always go back to the same beach to breed and often travel huge distances to get there.The female sea turtles bury their eggs in the sand on the beach where they were born.After laying her eggs the female sea turtle will return to the sea,leaving her eggs to hatch in their nest under the sand.When the baby sea turtles hatch,they walk straight into the ocean and begin their life at sea.