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A Green Sea Turtle found on the shores of El Salvador

A Green Sea Turtle found on the shores of El Salvador

source: Nel Lucena Capili Official Facebook

A green turtle believed to be 80 to 100-year-old was found along the seashore of El Salvador City this morning. This species of turtle is usually found in South Africa and weighs about 160 kilograms and grows about 1 meter long.

The Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), is a huge sea turtle of the family Cheloniidae. The species invades the 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. The common name comes from the usually green fat which can be found beneath its carapace; these turtles’ shells are olive to black.

Green turtles eat seagrasses and algae, that’s why it makes seagrass beds better and become more productive since they are like mowing the lawn and keeping it healthy. The seagrass that they commonly consume as food is quickly digested and becomes available as recycled nutrients (“poo”) to the many species of plants and animals that live in the seagrass ecosystem.

Sadly, the old green turtle that was found died due to its old age.

 

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