The largest sea turtle species, the deepest divers and the true world travelers, leatherbacks shatter every record. West Pacific leatherbacks can make a 7,000 mile migratory journey within 10-12 months.
Green Turtle (includes Black Turtle)
Did you know that green turtles got their name because they’re green on the inside? A diet primarily consisting of algae diet makes their internal fat stores green! The black turtle is a subspecies of green turtle found in the East Pacific.
Flatbacks are the only sea turtles not represented in the western hemisphere. They nest on select beaches in northern Australia and forage in the waters on the north, northwest and northeast edges of the Australian continent.
Often spotted near coral reefs, hawksbills are known for their exquisite shell pattern, featuring radiant streaks of orange and red. Targeted to fulfill demand for “tortoiseshell” trinkets, hawkbills are critically endangered worldwide.
Conservationists brought Kemp’s Ridleys back from the edge of extinction using head-starting techniques. The smallest of all the sea turtles, Kemp’s Ridleys can experience cold stunning when water temperatures drop rapidly or unexpectedly.
Loggerheads are the most widely distributed hard-shelled turtle. With disproportionately larger heads than other sea turtles, loggerheads use their powerful jaws to crack open the hard shells of molluscs and crustaceans.
Thousands of Olive Ridleys can show up at nesting beaches together during arribadas, nesting events timed around moon cycles. The word arribada means “arrival” in Spanish. The only other sea turtles known to nest in arribadas are Kemp’s Ridleys.