|Green Sea Turtle|
(Linnaeus, 1758 [originally Testudo])
|Common Name||Green turtle|
|Species||• C. mydas|
|Conservation Status |
The Green Sea Turtle (C. mydas) is a widely distributed Sea Turtle found in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It is also commonly known as the Black Sea Turtle. This turtle's range is in tropical and subtropical areas, it goes around sandy areas and coral reefs, eating Jellies and small Fishes.
The Green Sea Turtle has many severe threats, mostly unintended. These include mistaking discarded plastic bags as their food, jellyfish, chemical pollution, and getting trapped in litter that keeps them from resurfacing for breath. Also, many nests of sea turtles have been disturbed which leads to low reproduction rates. Because of all these, the Green Sea Turtle is Endangered (EN).
Their distribution can be found all over the world in tropical and subtropical areas. There are two subpopulations: Atlantic and Pacific. They both have different behavior and feeding grounds. Younger turtles are known to swim in deeper, pelagic waters and are not seen as often due to this behavior. As they mature, they come to the coasts, where they lie around seagrass and small reefs in shallow areas.
In Public Aquariums Edit
Green Sea Turtles are very popular in public aquariums. They can be found in many, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium (Open Sea Exhibit), and at the Newport Aquarium in Kentucky, where he is known as "Denver."
|Marine||Marine Habitats • Aquariums • Global Oceans • Ocean Weather
|Vertebrate||Fishes • Mammals • Reptiles • Amphibians • Cartilaginous Fishes • Sharks
|Invertebrate||Arthropod • Mollusca • Echinoderms • Cnidaria
|Conservation Status||Critically Endangered • Endangered • Near Threatened • Vulnerable • Least Concern • Data Deficient • Not Evaluated|