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Marine Turtles Facts and Pictures

Sea Turtles Interesting Facts - Turtles living in oceans are marine turtles, in fact they are reptiles or 'Testudines', with an evolutionary lineage dating back for well over 100 million years.

In facts, six out of the 7 marine turtle species belong with the hard-shelled superfamily called Chelonioidea. The odd one out from the group is the Dermochelyidae leatherback turtle.

Despite the fact that most of the sea turtle species are now ranked as being critically endangered, you can still see marine turtles swimming around reefs in all ocean environments outside the Polar Regions.

The major factors which are currently affecting the long term outlook and ultimate survival of almost all of the species of marine turtles include ocean pollution, accidental bycatch, non-accidental poaching, climate changes, and beach nesting site erosion.

Female Turtle Nesting Facts

Even though male and female turtles spend the vast majority of their lives below the sea, females will head to the beach during the nesting season. Incredibly, at this time the female turtle returns to the exact same beach where she hatched from the egg even after twenty or thirty years away from the sand site.

The female turtle digs a hole in the sand and buries between 50 and 200 eggs inside the sand nest. She then covers the eggs in sand and leaves them to hatch. Air temperature determines the sex gender of the hatchling.

Facts about Baby Turtles

Baby turtles will be born females when the egg temperature is high and more males are born when the temperature of the egg is lower. One of the most interesting facts about baby turtles is that marine turtle babies hatch at night time and head for the safety of the sea. It is the moonlight which guides baby marine turtles on the correct path to the relative safety of the ocean.

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Pictures of Sea Turtles: Hawksbill Turtle and Leatherback Turtle. Not all of these marine turtle species are commonly found in the Gulf of Thailand but our Pattaya fish species section has information about other marine life found in the shallow waters around the coral islands.

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