Green Sea Turtles Tenerife

I thought that the turtles we see on a regular basis deserve a blog of their own – so this is for:
Jose, Juan (Mohicana) and Julio in El Puertito
Juan (Alcalá), Javier and Bob in Alcalá

Green Turtles: Chelonia mydas

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The green turtle is one of the largest sea turtles and the only herbivore (Although we do know they also like a bit of dead fish as other divers/Snorkelers/Day boats use this to attract them) among the different species.DSCF2642

Green turtles are in fact named for the greenish color of their cartilage and fat, not their shells. Like other sea turtles, they migrate long distances between feeding grounds and the beaches from where they hatched. Classified as endangered, green turtles are threatened by overharvesting of their eggs, hunting of adults, being caught in fishing gear and loss of nesting beach sites.

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When born, green sea turtles are only 5 cm (2 in) long. But they grow up to 1.5 meters (5 ft) in length and can weigh over 300 kg (700 lbs), making them the largest of the sea turtles.

 

peek a boo
peek a boo

Green sea turtles are able to hold their breath for up to 5 hours at a time.  Most sea turtles can only hold their breath for 30 minutes. Green sea turtles slow their hear rate down to one beat every 9 minutes so therefore can stay submurged much longer. Pretty incredible!

The Green sea turtle is very inquisitive, they will often approach us while diving – My favorite time on a guided dive is when I check around to ensure everyone is OK and the turtle (normally Jose) is just swimming happily behind them joining us on our guided dive, without them even noticing!

Bob in Alcala
Bob in Alcala

A few of the local turtles are being tracked by seaturtle.org a conservation group to determine the origin of these individuals, know their distribution in this area, determine the habitats that they are using and define if they are linked or not to protected areas.

Juan (Mohicana) in El Puertito
Juan (Mohicana) in El Puertito

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see the data by clicking the link below or on the name of the turtle at the top of the page

http://www.seaturtle.org/tracking/index.shtml?project_id=988

 

Happy Diving all