The Majestic Loggerhead Sea Turtle

These majestic wizards of the open ocean glide effortlessly through the water looking for jellyfish, algae and seaweed. These chaps have a disproportionately large head, which is what has given them the name Loggerhead. These guys can hibernate of sorts, remaining under water for up to seven hours before surfacing to breathe.

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Where can I see… Leatherback Turtles

Sea turtles are some of the most wonderful animals you can see in action in the wild, as you are able to get up close to them and observe various stages of their life cycle without disturbing them. The most obvious way is to grab your snorkel set and swim with them.  The Green Sea Turtles are relatively easy to find as they tend to live in shallow lagoons. Sea turtles also nest on land, favouring particular beaches to bury their eggs and then leave them to hatch themselves a couple of months later. This gives you the opportunity to observe them at close quarters and watch their fascinating behaviour.


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The Smiling Turtle

This little critter has been scientifically renamed more times than a confused schizophrenic and at first sight looks to have more in common with an alligator than a turtle. Mata Mata actually means ‘kill, kill’ in Spanish, which is concerning for those of you who keep them as pets. These guys are not a vegetarian’s favorite as they are serious carnivores; they turn their pointy nose up at anything green unless it croaks.

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