MEET THE LO­CALS THE GREEN TUR­TLE

Australian Geographic - - Contents -

The only her­bi­vore amongst her species, the Green Tur­tle ( Ch­elo­nia my­das; also known as the Green Sea Tur­tle) is so named for the colour of her car­ti­lage and fat – not her shell. This species moves grace­fully in the wa­ter de­spite grow­ing up to 180kgs and a length of 120cms. With a large pair of pad­dle-like flip­pers she eas­ily nav­i­gates the sea­grass that she feeds on, only bit­ing off the blade, to keep the sea­grass healthy and plen­ti­ful; a beau­ti­ful sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ship that en­ables her to live up to 80 years in the wild.

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