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Marine Turtles Facts and Pictures

Turtles that live in oceans are marine turtles. In fact, they are reptiles or 'Testudines'. Their evolutionary lineage dates back for well over 100 million years.

Six out of the 7 marine turtle species belong with the hard-shelled superfamily called Chelonioidea. The odd one out from the group is the Dermochelyidae leatherback turtle.

Most of the sea turtle species are now ranked as being 'critically' endangered. But, you can still see marine turtles swimming around reefs in all ocean environments outside the Polar Regions.

There are several major factors affecting the long term outlook and ultimate survival of almost all the species of marine turtles. It includes ocean pollution, accidental bycatch, non-accidental poaching, climate changes, and beach nesting site erosion.

Female Turtle Nesting Facts

Male and female turtles spend the vast majority of their lives below the sea. But, females will head to the beach during the nesting season. Incredibly, the female turtle returns to the exact same beach where she hatched from the egg. This occurs even after twenty or thirty years away from the sand site.

The female turtle digs a hole in the sand and buries between 50 and 200 eggs inside the sand nest. She then covers the eggs in sand and leaves them to hatch. Air temperature determines the sex gender of the hatchling.

Facts about Baby Turtles

Baby turtles will be born females when the egg temperature is high. Thus, more male turtles are born when the temperature of the egg is lower. One of the most interesting facts about baby turtles is that marine turtle babies hatch at night time. They then head for the safety of the sea.

Note: It is the moonlight which guides baby marine turtles on the correct path to the relative safety of the ocean.

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Pictures of Sea Turtles: Hawksbill Turtle and Leatherback Turtle. Not all of these marine turtle species are commonly found in the Gulf of Thailand. The Pattaya fish species section has more information on sea life found at the coral islands.

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