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Species Presentation

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Matthew Eliason

on 19 January 2014

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Transcript of Species Presentation

Species Presentation
I made the decision to study and observe the green sea turtle also known as the Chelonia Mydas, of how many times I've seen them out here in Hawaii. I've seen how quickly and nimbly they glide through the water when I have went snorkeling or scuba diving. I was able to easily observe them here in Oahu, Hawaii since they are often sun bathing on Laniakea Beach in North Shore, which is also known as turtle beach to the locals. All of the pictures in my presentation I took personally.
The Green Sea Turtle
(Chelonia Mydas)

Organism Introduction
The green sea turtle's diet for most its life consists of sea grasses and algae. While this is the case for the better part of its life, a juvenile green sea turtle is mostly carnivorous until reaching maturity. Juvenile turtles will feed on sponges, shrimp, jellyfish, seaweed, crabs, snails, algae and mollusks. Green sea turtles actually switch from being a omnivore to a herbivore when it reaches full maturity.
Mating culture for the green sea turtle is very unique in the way that unlike mammals and bird they do create life long bonds with each other have multiple mating partners. Male and female green sea turtles do not take of the eggs or nest after the eggs are laid. Female green sea turtles mate with multiple partners and store the sperm for a later time when eggs are to be fertilized. Mating season is generally between March and October. When males try copulate with a prospective female they will lock onto the back of the female with the claws that are on the front flippers.
http://www.defenders.org/sea-turtles/basic-facts
http://seaworld.org/animalinfo/animal-info/animal-infobooks/sea-turtles/reproduction/
The sea turtles out here in Hawaii sometime like to rest under rocks or near the shoreline where the water is warmer. But a lot of the turtles just come right up onto the beach. These turtles are laying eggs and Hawaii is not a documented nesting ground for these turtles. The turtle that is basking here is known as "Brutus" and if you look closely at the picture of him to the left you can see the flipper that was partially bitten off by a tiger shark.
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