Sea turtles are one of my favorite animals. They are large and gentle and so incredibly beautiful. I have been lucky enough to see them in Hawaii and also in Okinawa.
For over 100 million years these beautiful animals have lived in the oceans. This means that they once lived with dinosaurs! Sea turtles eat sea grass and jellyfish and can reach up to a size of 1.8 meters. The leatherback is the largest sea turtle and can weigh up to 900 kg. They often move to beaches to lay eggs and baby sea turtles hatch after 60 – 80 days. It takes 10 years for a baby sea turtle to become an adult and they can live up to 100 years! Sea turtles are excellent swimmers and can hold their breath for up to 5 hours underwater. They travel up to 12,000 km every year between almost all of the world’s oceans.
I hope one day you can see and experience sea turtles. But remember, you should always respect them and allow them to eat and lay their eggs. If you get too close they will get scared and won’t be able to eat or make cute little baby turtles!