Sea Turtles

Sea turtles, sometimes called marine turtles, are reptiles of the order Testudines and of the suborder Cryptodira. The seven existing species of sea turtles are the flatback, green, hawksbill, leatherback, loggerhead, Kemp's ridley, and olive ridley sea turtles. All six of the sea turtle species present in US waters are listed as endangered and/or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The seventh sea turtle species is the flatback, which exists in the waters of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Sea turtles can be separated into the categories of hard-shelled and leathery-shelled. There is only one dermochelyid species which is the leatherback sea turtle.

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Study at molecular level finds Indian River Lagoon green sea turtles biologically stressed

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Legendary Sargasso Sea may be sea turtles' destination during mysterious 'lost years'

Legendary Sargasso sea may be sea turtles' destination during mysterious 'lost years'

Cayman Islands sea turtles back from the brink

Cayman Islands sea turtles back from the brink

Illuminating the Mystery of Sea Turtles’ Epic Migrations

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Researchers illuminate mystery of sea turtles' epic migrations

Stanford researchers and others illuminate mystery of sea turtles' epic migrations

Why do sea turtles, penguins and sharks sometimes just swim in circles or spirals?

Enigmatic circling behavior captured in whales, sharks, penguins, and sea turtles

Sea turtles, sharks and king penguins swim in mysterious circles

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