Green Sea Turtles
Head to Adventure Aquarium’s 750,000 gallon Ocean Realm Exhibit to see some of our most popular animals: Green Sea Turtles! The green sea turtle is a sea turtle, possessing a body covered by a large, teardrop-shaped shell and a pair of large, paddle-like flippers. It is usually lightly colored, although parts of its shell can be almost black in the eastern Pacific. Unlike other members of its family, such as the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, the Green Sea Turtle mostly herbivorous. The adults commonly inhabit shallow lagoons, feeding mostly on various species of seagrasses.
Like other sea turtles, they migrate long distances between feeding grounds and hatching beaches. Many islands worldwide are known as Turtle Island due to green sea turtles nesting on their beaches. Females crawl out on beaches, dig nests and lay eggs during the night. Later, hatchlings emerge and walk into the water. Those that reach maturity may live to age 80 in the wild.