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#ThreatenedThursday: Green Turtle

#ThreatenedThursday: Green Turtle

August 11, 2022


SPECIES: Chelonia mydas — Green Turtle

CLASSIFICATION: Vulnerable


If you’ve been lucky enough to see a sea turtle in the wild, what a moment. One species that graces the waters of Australia is the Green Turtle. It is uphill for much of their existence; females are at sexual maturity anywhere between 25-50 years old, quite a range guesstimate. If lucky enough to lay eggs, they must be at the right ‘everything’ to even be viable; the right amount of salinity, sand adequately aerated etc etc. THEN the mortality of hatchlings is high - feral pigs, foxes, feral dogs, dingoes and goannas among the predators after the turtle’s eggs. For any hatchlings that make it out of the nest, not only do they have to contend with making their way safely into the ocean, but then need to continuallly avoid predators, nets, fishing lines. For the rest of their lives.