Suppose you have been diving or snorkeling in the Caribbean. You may have seen the Green Sea Turtle, a beautifully adapted form for life in tropical and subtropical waters worldwide.
The Green Sea Turtle gets its name from its skin and fat color due to the algae and seagrasses they eat. Juvenile Green Sea Turtles also eat crabs, jellyfish, algae, and seagrasses. Adults eat only algae and seagrass and are the only sea turtle that is strictly herbivorous as an adult.
They are found in shallow coastal waters, bays, protected shores, and lagoons, often in areas with abundant coral reefs, algae, and seagrass, and only rarely seen in the open Ocean.
They are one of the larger species of sea turtles, and the adults weigh from 200 to 500 pounds. Their shell is oval and flattened, and all flippers have one visible claw.
Females typically nest on the beach where they were hatched and return every 2 to 4 years to lay eggs. The sand nest can contain, on average, 115 eggs, which incubate in the nest for about 60 days before hatching.
The Green Sea Turtle is listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is protected by law in many countries. Conservation efforts have focused on protecting their nesting beaches and reducing pollution of the turtle’ habitat. Commercial harvesting for eggs and food continues to threaten their survival in the wild.
More information about Green Sea Turtles can be found at the Sea Turtle Conservancy.
The sculpture decoration is painted with ceramic pigments and fired to seal under a transparent glaze. This sculpture has a secret compartment in the shell and navigates on land via a set of 4 red wheels.
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