It's #seaturtleweek!

The Green sea turtle is the second largest species after the Leatherback.

They can weigh up to 500 pounds, reach four feet in length and live up to 70 years.

The adults are herbivores, dining on sea grasses, seaweeds, algae and other forms of marine plant life.  They get their name from the colour of their flesh (they eat so much sea grass it turns their flesh green!)

Their beak is sharp and finely serrated, perfectly adapted for grazing in seagrass beds and scraping algae off hard surfaces.

This species is the only one to come on shore regularly to bask. Basking only occurs in Hawaii, particularly the Northwestern Hawaiian Island chain, the Galapagos Islands, and in some areas of Australia.

Photo credits: Neil Ever Osborne

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