Description of the sea turtle
The sea turtle is a marine reptile that belongs to the chelonid family. There are seven species of sea turtles in the world, six of which are found in the waters around the Galapagos Islands. Sea turtles can live up to several decades and reach impressive sizes, with shells up to 5 feet long. Sea turtles have a unique appearance with a hard, flat shell that serves as protection from predators. Their skin is covered with scales and can vary in color from dark green to brown or black. Sea turtles have flipper-like limbs that allow them to swim in ocean waters, and their diet consists primarily of algae, jellyfish and other marine organisms. Sea turtles are fascinating creatures and important to the marine ecosystem. They are also threatened by pollution, habitat loss and illegal fishing. The Galapagos Islands are a key location for sea turtle conservation, as they have a protected habitat and active conservation programs to support their survival.
When to see them ?
Marine turtles are present all year round in the waters around the Galapagos Islands. However, the best time to observe them is between January and April. During this period, the waters are warmer and the sea turtles are more active, especially when they come to the beaches to lay their eggs.
Where to observe them?
Galapagos sea turtles can be observed in different places of the islands, either on the beach, by scuba diving or by snorkeling. Here are some of the best places to observe sea turtles in Galapagos: - Tortuga Bay Beach on Santa Cruz Island is one of the best places to see sea turtles laying their eggs. Visitors can also see baby turtles swimming in the water. - Puerto Egas beach on Santiago Island is another popular place to see sea turtles. Visitors can also see marine iguanas, sea lions and sea birds on this beach. - Scuba diving in Wolf and Darwin Islands also offers a chance to observe sea turtles as well as other marine animals, such as hammerhead sharks and manta rays. - When surface diving, North Seymour and Bartolome Islands offer crystal clear waters where sea turtles are often seen.