Green turtle

Green turtle

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Caption: Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) in shallow water. The green turtle is found in tropical waters all over the world. It feeds on aquatic plants and can reach over 150 centimetres in length, and over 200 kilograms in weight. It comes to the surface to breathe air, and the females come to land to lay their eggs. This green turtle is being released back into the sea after being treated at the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center at the Beachcomber Intercontinental Hotel, on the Pacific island of Moorea, French Polynesia. The centre, established in February 2004, is part of a program to conserve sea turtles, which are endangered animals that are protected under international law.

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