Sea Turtle Adoption Program

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About Sea Turtle

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Sea Turtles are amongst the world longest lived creatures, with many beaching a lifespan of more than 100 years. Graceful swimmers that spend most of their time underwater, they have survived almost unchanged since the Triassic period, some 200 million years ago. However, the breeding habits that have served them so well for so long are now contributing to their extinction.

Sea turtles mature slowly and only start to breed between 15 to 50 years of age. Females usually produce eggs once in every four or five years. Studies have shown that sea turtles largely migrate back to their beach of birth, sometimes across distances of more than 3000 km. The peak seasons for sea turtles nesting range from the month of May to September each year.

Sea turtles are highly endangered due to their slow reproduction rate, combined with over harvesting for meat and eggs as well as habitat destruction.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 February 2009 01:36 )  

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