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Sea Turtles

Sea turtles are truly a global species found in temperate and tropical seas worldwide. They have survived in the seas for more than 200 million years and are among a small group of reptiles that depend on the sea for survival.

TurtleTrek is home to a variety of adult and juvenile sea turtles, including hawksbill and green sea turtles. Guests can view these exquisite creatures gliding past them from above, or through a below-water window.

TurtleTrek includes the following species of sea turtles:

Green Endangered

The green sea turtle gets its name from the color of its body fat. They can stay under water for as long as five hours. Their heart rate slows to conserve oxygen: nine minutes may elapse between heartbeats. Some green sea turtles swim 1,300 miles (2,100 km) or more during their migration. Mother green sea turtles travel back to where they were born when it’s time to lay their eggs. Here in Florida and around the world, endangered green sea turtle nesting sites are threatened by over development and habitat loss. From the moment they hatch, green sea turtles face many threats. Hatchlings may wander towards artificial lights instead of the ocean. So remember—“lights out” during sea turtle nesting season if you vacation or live by a beach in Florida.

Hawksbill Endangered

Endangered hawksbill populations have declined rapidly due to hunting for their stunning shells which are used to make souvenirs, eyeglass frames and jewelry. An international ban on sea turtle shell products (also known as tortoiseshell) has greatly helped hawksbill sea turtles. How can you help? Avoid buying souvenirs made from wildlife and support laws that protect sea turtles.