Green turtle on a beach

Green turtle on a beach

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) climbing a beach in order to lay its eggs. All turtles must come to shore to lay their eggs, which they deposit in a hole dug in the sand. The green turtle is aquatic at all other times, apart from the first dash down the beach that the newly-hatched young make. It is herbivorous, feeding on plants, usually in coastal waters. It may reach a length of around a metre and a half, making it one of the largest turtles. Photographed on Surprise Island, New Caledonia, in the southern Pacific Ocean.

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