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Green sea turtle found on shores of Tarkarli in Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra

  • Published
    14th Mar, 2022
Context

Recently, a Green sea turtle has been found on the shores of Tarkarli in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra.

About Green Sea Turtle:

  • A green sea turtle is most easily recognized by its top shell. The shell covers most of the animal’s body, except for its flippers and head.
  • Common Name: Green Sea Turtle
  • Scientific Name: Chelonia mydas
  • Type: Reptiles
  • Diet: Herbivore
  • Despite its name, a green sea turtle's shell is not always green. The smooth, heart-shaped shell can be a blend of different colors, including, brown, olive, gray, or black.
  • The underside is a yellowish-white color. The green sea turtle’s head has brown and yellow markings.
  • The green turtle is a large, weighty sea turtle with a wide, smooth carapace, or shell.
  • It inhabits tropical and subtropical coastal waters around the world and has been observed clambering onto land to sunbathe.
  • Green sea turtles have paddle-like limbs called flippers that allow the turtle to move quickly and easily through the water.
  • These dense, heavy animals can reach three to four feet in length and weigh upward of 300 to 350 pounds (136 to 159 kilograms). Despite their size, they are still not the world's largest sea turtles—that title belongs to the leatherback sea turtle.


  • Habitat: They lay eggs on beaches. Mature turtles spend most of their time in shallow, coastal waters with lush seagrass beds. Adults frequent inshore bays, lagoons and shoals with lush seagrass meadows
  • Range: tropical and subtropical seas around the world, with two distinct populations in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, but it is also found in the Indian Ocean
  • Status:
  • Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act: Schedule I
  • IUCN Red list: Endangered

About Tarkarli:

  • Tarkarli is a quaint village in Maharashtra, and home to mesmerizing backwaters, stunning white sand beaches and serene temples.
  • Tarkarli Beach is beautifully positioned on the confluence of Karli River and the Arabian Sea.
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