Turtles at SeaWorld San Diego

Turtle Reef

Various species of sea turtles are found in warm and temperate seas throughout the world. Six of the seven species of sea turtles found in the world are classified as threatened or endangered, mostly due to human actions such as entanglement, coastal development and pollution.  Adults of most species are found in shallow, coastal waters, bays, lagoons, and estuaries. Some also venture into the open sea. Juveniles of some species may be found in bays and estuaries, as well as at sea. The largest sea turtle is the leatherback, which can grow up to six feet long! 
 

Embark upon the life cycle of sea turtles at Turtle Reef - learn about how they nest, where they live, what they eat and the threats they face in the wild. This immersive experience includes Turtlelink, a touch-screen map that highlights SeaWorld’s rescue and conservation efforts. Turtle Reef also includes Race for the Beach, an educational, motion-controlled video game that pits participants against others to illustrate sea turtles’ daunting sea-to-shore journey and the obstacles they face along the way, including pollution.

Types of Sea Turtles

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Weighing between 155 and 375 pounds, Loggerhead Sea Turtles prefer to feed in coastal bays and estuaries in areas like the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Their typical diet consists of horseshoe crabs, clams and mussels. A Loggerhead is known for it’s large head and their powerful jaw muscles is what helps them easily crush the shellfish. They are currently listed as a threatened species and will likely become endangered in the future.
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Green Sea Turtle

Green Sea Turtles

Green Sea Turtles

A Green sea turtle can be spotted because of the single scales in front of its eyes compared to the others that have two pairs. They are usually spotted near the coastline and live in bays and protected shores which explains their diet. A green sea turtle most eats grass and algae. Adults weigh between 240 and 420 pounds.
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Hawksbill Sea Turtle

Hawksbill Sea Turtles

Hawksbill Sea Turtles

Hawksbills are found mainly throughout the world’s tropical oceans and predominantly in coral reefs. Their diet consists of both plants and animals but mainly feed on sea sponges. They are known for their “tortoise shell”, which causes them to face the threat of being hunted. Many are found in the west Atlantic, Indian, and Indo-Pacific Oceans. Hawksbills are on the smaller side weighing from 100 to 150 pounds.
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