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Green turtle. Swimming green turtle (Chelonia mydas). This is a large aquatic reptile which lives in warm seas throughout the world. It stays close to coasts for most of its life, eating the plants which are abundant there. It may reach a length of over 150 centimetres. Despite their entirely aquatic existence, the females still return to beaches to lay their eggs, almost always the beach where they themselves were born. The urbanisation of beaches due to tourism has led to a great reduction in their numbers, and they are an endangered species. Photographed off Hawaii, USA.
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