The Green Sea Turtle is found throughout the world’s tropical oceans. It is the largest of the hard-shelled turtles, with an average size of 300 to 350 lbs. The head is small compared to its body size and its jaws have a characteristic serration, which enable it to forage on sea grass and algae. Foraging turtles are important to the health of sea grass beds, which are developmental habitats for a large number of fish species.
The Atlantic green sea turtle has important nesting and foraging grounds on the Atlantic coasts of Costa Rica and throughout the Caribbean and Florida.
This turtle gets its name from the green coloration of its muscles. The Pacific green sea turtles or black turtles are genetically similar to the Atlantic green sea turtle, however, their coloration is darker and they are smaller than the Atlantic green sea turtle.
Although sea turtles naturally fall victim to Fibropapillomatosis, the primary threats are caused by humans, including boat accidents, trash or fishing hook ingestion and loss of nesting habitats.