7 Facts about Sea Turtles
7 FACTS ABOUT SEA TURTLES:
- 5 out of 7 Sea Turtles are found in the Philippines.
Green; Hawksbill; Loggerhead; Olive Ridley and Leatherback.
- Sea Turtles cannot breathe underwater.
They can only hold their breath for approximately 4-7 hours. (Notice tiny heads of Sea Turtles coming up for air? Aren’t they cute and quite exciting to watch? )
- Leatherbacks are the biggest species of sea turtle.
The largest measured almost 3 meters (9 feet) from tip to tail and weighed 970 kg.
- Sea Turtles lay eggs on sandy beaches, beaches where they were born.
When mother sea turtles are about to lay their eggs, they always go back to the beach where they were born years ago. They have the ability to locate their home beach. Even if they have travelled miles away, they come back one day just to lay their eggs.
- Sea Turtle eggs look like ping-pong balls.
- New born sea turtles are called hatchlings.
- The temperature of a turtle’s nest is what determines the gender of the hatchlings.
Warmer temperature usually produces mostly female hatchlings; while cooler temperature produces mostly male hatchlings.