In celebration of World Sea Turtle Day and World Oceans Day, we’re taking a look at one of the ocean’s most popular animal - the sea turtle. Here are five swimming facts about the creature and where you can find them at SeaWorld Orlando:
Seven Extant Species
There are seven extant species of sea turtles: the green, loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley, olive ridley, hawksbill, flatback and leatherback. The leatherback is the largest of all living sea turtles coming in at about 3.9 to 6.2 feet and 441 to 1,116 pounds for mature leatherbacks. The Kemp’s ridley and olive ridley are the smallest species and reach about 22-30 inches and 66 to 110 pounds.
Varied Life Spans
Sea turtles can live anywhere from 35 to 80 years, with some exceeding a whopping 200 years! Green sea turtles probably have the longest average life span of 80 years. The shortest might belong to the Hawksbill or the Flatback at 35 years.
They Live Everywhere
Sea turtles live in all 5 oceans except the arctic ocean, which is too cold. They can be mostly found in coral reefs. Most sea turtles migrate between foraging and nesting grounds, and seasonally to warmer waters. These migrations can take them hundreds and even thousands of miles.
They Breathe Air
Like humans, sea turtles breathe air into and out of their lungs through their nose and mouth. They even go to the surface to breathe and can hold their breath for several hours.
They Sleep Floating
Sea turtles sleep floating or submerged under ledges or laying on the bottom. Remember, they can hold their breath for hours!
You can learn more about sea turtles at SeaWorld Orlando’s Turtle Trek. The 360 theatre showcases the dangers and hazards the animals face as they are hatched and make a mad dash to the ocean.