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.

Some species of sea turtle are carnivorous, others are herbivores and some species of sea turtle will eat almost anything

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

Depending on the species, sea turtles range can be olive-green, yellow, greenish-brown, reddish-brown, or black in color

Sea turtles have the remarkable ability to travel hundreds (in some cases thousands) of miles

This dangerous decline in population is mostly due to marine fisheries catching mature and juvenile green turtles in foraging areas and on nesting grounds. Fishing techniques include harpooning, catching by hand, netting, noosing, turning the turtle over on their dorsal side and various other techniques. Green turtles are also threatened by the presence of artificial light, and conserve this turtle species, laws have been made and have successfully lessened the threats by fisheries. For instance, both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service enforce the laws prohibiting the capture of sea turtles on land and in water.

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Hersh, K. 2016. "Chelonia mydas" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed May 04, 2017 at


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