The sea turtle is a very calm creature that walks the seas and travels very long distances. In fact, it is capable of staying underwater for 7 hours while sleeping or resting. In addition, it lives a long time, as is the case with a tortoise named Harriet who lived 175 years. Would you like to immerse yourself in this story and add points to your learning? Discover how it feeds, its characteristics and more.

Fun facts

  • The leatherback turtle is the largest of all, on the contrary, the olive or olive ridley species is the smallest.
  • The turtle is characterized by having a striking and solid shell that preserves its organs, from which the tail, limbs and head come out.
  • Female sea turtles emerge from the water when they go to create their nests. They lay 50 to 180 eggs, a process that can be repeated 2 to 6 times in just one season.
  • They have excellent vision that allows them to see better underwater than on the surface.
  • Instead of legs, they have contrived fins that allow them to swim and make long journeys.
  • Their jaws have a unique beak shape, which makes it easy for them to take food from narrow places despite having no teeth.
  • Turtles use their lungs and nostrils to breathe. Therefore, it is normal for sea turtles to come to the surface frequently. However, if the level of activity is low, they can last in the water for around 4 or 7 hours.
  • There are 7 different species of sea turtles that exist. The type of feeding varies according to the species. For example, the green turtle is herbivorous, so it only eats algae or any kind of seagrass. Unlike the others that feed on crabs, jellyfish, or the so-called sea sponges.