Green Sea Turtle Laying Eggs
The Green Sea Turtle is named for the color of the fat under its shell, which is caused by the large amount of green algae in its diet. Although the adults are herbivorous, the young eat jelly fish and other marine invertebrates. The individual above was about 4 feet in length & must have weighed at least 500 lbs. They take an average of 25 years to mature. The females come to land only to lay eggs, and may have traveled hundreds, and even thousands of miles, from their feeding grounds in the south pacific, to lay its eggs on the same beach where they themselves were born. This creature is using its hind legs to dig a pit in the sand in which to deposit the eggs. (All of these pictures were taken with flash). [Jupiter Island, Florida, USA].