Green turtle

Cyprus Turtle Paphos
Chelonia mydas

Green Turtle

The green turtle is the only herbivore among the different species. Green turtles are in fact named for the greenish color of their cartilage and fat, not their shells. They are found mainly in tropical and subtropical waters. Like other sea turtles, they migrate long distances between feeding grounds and the beaches from where they hatched. 

Interesting Facts

Green turtles are classified as endangered, they are threatened by overharvesting of their eggs, hunting of adults, being caught in fishing gear and loss of nesting beach sites. 

Green turtles graze on seagrasses and algae, which maintains the seagrass beds and makes them more productive (much like mowing the lawn to keep it healthy). Seagrass consumed by green turtles is quickly digested and becomes available as recycled nutrients to the many species of plants and animals that live in the sea grass ecosystem. 

Where can you find me?

We often see Green turtles at our training dive site, The Roman Wall!

Turtle season is between April and October each year which the highest chance of seeing them between June and July.