Sea Turtles

Sea turtles have been swimming the seas for tens of millions of years and can be found in every ocean except the Arctic.  Unfortunately, all species today are currently endangered.

The sea turtle lives for about 80 years but does not reach maturity until it is about age 30 when the females return to the beach on which they were born to drag themselves up the sand, dig a hole, and lay as many as 200 eggs at a time.  They then cover the hole and return to the sea.

The eggs incubate for around 80 days until the hatchlings break out of their shells, dig their way to the surface, and head for the sea.  Very few of them arrive at their destination, however, because of the many predators who feast on the steady stream of tiny turtles.