Sea Turtles are always a delight when you encounter them while diving. These gentle creatures are very photogenic. However, these creatures are vulnerable to danger as soon as they hatch. The ocean can be cruel by itself, but our plastic waste can add to those problems. That is why we need to know them more.
Here are some Sea Turtle Fun Facts
They Love to Eat Jellyfish
Hawksbill and Leatherback love to eat Jellyfish. While doing so, they keep the Jellyfish population in check. However, they do not have the ability to know which is jellyfish and which is our plastic waste, that is why we often found dead sea turtles after they consume plastic waste.
They Cannot Hide Their Head and Limbs
Unlike their other counterparts, like freshwater turtles and tortoises, they cannot hide in their shell. This makes them more vulnerable but also more agile.
Temperature Can Affect Their Gender Before Hatching
Colder temperatures can produce more males, while warmer temperatures can produce more females. Climate change could drastically affect the ratio of sea turtle population. An Abundance of males could make it harder for them to find the females, and so the opposite.
Not Surprising, But They Can Hold Breath for Hours
Do not attempt to have a breath-holding competition with them. Sea Turtles can hold their breath for up to 5 hours. They will occasionally come up to the surface to breathe air.
They Live With the Dinosaurs
Sea Turtles have inhabited our planet for a very long time. Some say that they may have lived with T-rex, which was 65 million years ago.
Long Live The Turtles
Sea Turtles can live up to 100 years old. On average, their lifespan is longer than that of humans.
Those are some fun facts about our aquatic friends. As fellow human beings and residents on earth, wouldn’t it be a shame if our own doings cause the turtle extinction? Support sea turtle conservations if you can or the simplest thing to do is help reduce plastic waste. Contact us via WhatsApp for diving trips to meet them!
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