9 Fascinating Facts about Green and Hawksbill Turtles

  1. Turtles have a built-in GPS! – A recent study found exactly how turtles manage this feat: Well, they use the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate across miles and miles.
  2. Not all turtles can hide into their shells! – Contrary to popular beliefs, unlike land turtles and tortoises, many marine turtles cannot entirely retract far into their shells.
  3. They can swim up to 56 km/h (24 mph) in speed. – Their streamlined shell and paddle-like flippers aid in their ability to swim quickly and with grace.
  4. Turtles live on average between 30 to 50 years. – While some larger species do live up to 80 years, some anecdotal records show that they could live up to 150!
  5. Turtles can weigh anywhere between 100-150 pounds! – They can weigh up until 200 kg! (450 pounds)
  6. On average, turtles lay about 110 eggs per nest! – about 130-150
  7. Malaysia’s national Turtle Island Park is located here in Sabah! – On the east coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo there are 3 islands that make up the Turtle Island Park!
  8. Selingan Island homes the Green and Hawksbill Turtles – These two species are the most frequently encountered here, in one of the islands!
  9. WWF listed these species of turtles endangered! – According to the IUCN, 129 of approximately 300 species of turtles are vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered.

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