ALEXIS ROSENFELD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ALEXIS ROSENFELD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Mating green turtles (Chelonia mydas). The green turtle reaches maturity at between 10 and 20 years of age. The female (bottom) must lay her eggs on land, returning to the same beach from which she herself hatched decades previously. The eggs take around two months to hatch. The short but perilous journey from the nest to the sea is the only time that the males are out of the water. Juveniles drift with the currents feeding on plankton and small animals, but mature turtles are exclusively herbivorous. The green turtle can reach a length of over a metre, with males being larger than females. It is found in tropical seas throughout the world. Photographed in the Indian Ocean north of Madagascar.
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