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Hawaiian green turtle

Sea turtles are gentle reptiles that spend the majority of their lives in the ocean. Females reach reproductive age after 35 to 40 years, and only then return to the beach of their birth to lay their eggs for the next generation. Although a female may lay hundreds of eggs in one season, only a few of the hatchlings will survive to reach maturity. 

Hundreds of years ago, there were many millions of sea turtles swimming the Earth's oceans. Today, all seven species of sea turtle are considered either endangered or threatened.
 

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    Green turtles have excellent underwater vision and can hear low frequency sounds but have no external openings to the ears.

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    Hawksbill turtles are swift and graceful swimmers, reaching speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.  

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Last Updated: Jul 29, 2013
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