Time for Turtles

During the summer, we were blessed with the presence of a magnificent creature in our Marine Protected Area (MPA) – the majestic Green Turtle.

We encountered this awe-inspiring sight during one of our morning dives. The sighting of this green turtle, classified as an endangered species, brought a renewed sense of hope and urgency for the conservation of our precious marine ecosystems. Our hearts were filled with pure joy and excitement and the experience was nothing short of magical, reminding us once again of the wonders that lie beneath the ocean’s surface.

Green turtles

Green turtles (Chelonia mydas) are a majestic and ancient species that have roamed our oceans for millions of years. Sadly, due to various threats such as habitat loss, pollution, and poaching, their populations have declined, earning them a spot on the endangered species list. The chance to witness one of these magnificent creatures in our MPA area was a testament to the importance of preserving marine areas.

The excitement and joy we felt upon spotting the green turtle were not only personal, but also a reminder of the collective responsibility we share in conserving our oceans.

By actively participating in conservation efforts, we can contribute to the preservation of endangered species and the overall health of our marine ecosystems. This encounter is yet another catalyst for positive change towards protecting and cherishing the incredible biodiversity that lies beneath the surface of the ocean here at Manta.

Interesting facts about the Green Turtle:

  • The Green Turtle did not get its name from the colour of its shell.  Amazingly, under the carapace of the turtle is a layer of body fat that is actually green in colour!
  • Juvenile turtles are primarily carnivorous, whereas adults are mostly herbivorous.  Talk about seasoning with age!
  • They live in different habitats during different stages of life.  The young typically live in pelagic waters until 5 years of age, whilst mature individuals prefers inshore bays, lagoons and shawls with seagrass meadows.


Sr., T.S. (2021) 5 phenomenal sea turtles, Our Breathing Planet. Available at: https://www.ourbreathingplanet.com/5-phenomenal-sea-turtles/ (Accessed: 03 December 2023).

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