5 Sea turtles in the Maldives

5 Sea turtles in the Maldives

This is a blog about sea turtles in Maldives, this is also my personal blog about ocean and nature, so I have lots of photos, videos, and stories about this beautiful country.

We have created the Sea Turtles of Maldives project to document and raise awareness about the plight of sea turtles and other marine life in the Maldives, as well as raising funds to support conservation efforts there.

The sea turtles are the only species of sea turtle that nest on the islands of Maldives. The nesting beach is called “Kakani” in Mala language. It is very near to the capital city, Malé. They are also known as “Maldives Sea Turtles”. The sea turtles in this island are considered as endangered species. They have also suffered from

There are many places around the world where endangered sea turtles live. These turtles are being killed by humans for their meat. This post is about what we’re doing about it, as well as a video about the situation.

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1. Hawksbill Sea Turtle in maldives(Eretmochelys imbricata)

Hawksbill turtles can be found in tropical and subtropical regions of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans and the species is widely distributed in the Caribbean Sea and the western Atlantic Ocean. In contrast to all other sea turtle species, Hawksbills nest in low densities on small, scattered beaches.

Hawksbill turtles are the most commonly seen turtle along the reefs of the Maldives. This small to medium-sized marine turtle has a beautifully colored shell which serves as an effective camouflage in coral reefs. The thin elongated oval shell has overlapping scutes on the carapace, and the turtle has a relatively small head with a distinctive hawk-like beak, and flippers with two claws.

They measure up to 91 cm and weigh between 113 and 182 kg and are easily identified by a ‘beak-like’ upper jaw that resembles a hawk’s bill. Hawksbill turtles are mainly carnivorous and appear to be opportunistic predators, using their narrow beaks to extract invertebrate prey from crevices on the reef. They also feed on algae, sea grasses, barnacles, fish, and sponges.

Hawksbill turtles are the most commonly seen turtle along the reefs of the Maldives.

2. Green Sea Turtle in maldives(Chelonia mydas)

Green sea turtles, also known as black (sea) turtles or Pacific green turtles, are one of the largest sea turtles and the only herbivore among the different species. Named for the greenish color of their cartilage and fat, as opposed to the color of their shells, which can also sometimes be black. Green turtles are found mainly in tropical and subtropical waters, with two distinct populations in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and some in the Indian Ocean.

This species is predominantly vegetarian, feeding mostly on algae and sea grasses and can hold their breath for hours at a time. They usually inhabit shallow lagoons, feeding mainly on various species of sea grasses, biting off the tips of the blades of sea grass, which keeps the grass healthy.

These turtles can grow to lengths of up to 100 cm and weigh between 113 and 182 kg, and like other species of sea turtles, they migrate long distances between feeding grounds and the beaches from where they hatched. Many islands worldwide are known as Turtle Island due to green sea turtles nesting on their shores. Females crawl out on beaches, dig nests and lay eggs during the night. Later, hatchlings emerge and scramble into the water. Those that reach maturity may live to 80 years in the wild.

Green sea turtles, also known as black (sea) turtles or Pacific green turtles, are one of the

3. Loggerhead Sea Turtle in maldives(Caretta caretta)  

Loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta), or loggerheads, are so named due to their overly large heads with a horny beak that is significantly thicker than in other sea turtles. This species is the largest hard-shelled turtle in the world and have skin that ranges from yellow to brown, shells that are typically reddish brown with darker streaks, and front flippers that possess two claws. The average loggerhead measures around 90 cm long when fully grown, although larger specimens of up to 280 cm have been discovered and weigh approximately 135 kg, with the largest specimens weighing in at more than 450 kilograms.

The loggerhead sea turtle is found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific, as well as the Mediterranean Sea and spends most of its life in saltwater and estuarine habitats, with females briefly coming ashore to lay eggs. Female loggerhead sea turtles lay an average of four egg clutches and then become quiescent, producing no eggs for two to three years. The loggerhead has a lifespan of 47–67 years. The loggerhead sea turtle is omnivorous, has powerful jaws and feed mainly on bottom-dwelling invertebrates such as shellfish, sponges, and jellyfish.

Loggerhead sea turtles are so named due to their overly large heads with a horny beak that is significantly thicker than in other sea turtles. 

4. Olive Ridley Sea Turtles in maldives(Lepidochelys olivacea)

Olive ridley sea turtles, also known as the Pacific ridley sea turtles, are the smallest and most abundant of all sea turtles found in the world. Found in warm and tropical waters, primarily in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, these turtles are best known for their unique mass nesting called arribada, where thousands of females come together on the same beach to lay eggs.

The olive ridley turtle is closely related to the Kemp’s ridley turtle and is named for the generally greenish color of its skin and shell or carapace. Olive and Kemp’s ridley turtles only reach about only about two feet in shell length and weigh between 36 and 41 kg.

The olive ridley is mostly carnivorous, feeding on such creatures as jellyfish, snails, crabs, and shrimp, but will occasionally eat algae and seaweed as well. Hatchlings, most of which perish before reaching the ocean, are preyed on by crabs, raccoons, pigs, snakes, and birds, among others and adults are often taken by sharks.

The olive ridley is mostly carnivorous, feeding on such creatures as jellyfish, snails, crabs, and shrimp.

4. Leatherback Sea Turtles in maldives (Dermochelys coricea)

Leatherback sea turtles are the largest of the turtle species. Named for their shell, which is leather-like rather than hard, like other turtles and has five ridges that run the length of the shell, leatherback sea turtles are one of the most migratory, crossing both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Pacific leatherbacks migrate from nesting beaches in the Coral Triangle all the way to the California coast to feed on the abundant jellyfish every summer and fall.

Leatherback turtles have severely declined during the last century as a result of intense egg collection and fisheries by-catch.

5. The Turtle Shell Industry in the Maldives

Turtle shell has always been a major export in the Maldives. It was traded with Arabia, India, and China and greatly sought after by kings, lords and the rich. It was made into boxes and caskets garnished with gold and silver and into bracelets, hair combs, and other ornaments. Turtle products are still snapped up by buyers everywhere, and with the advent of the tourism industry into the Maldives, the wholesale slaughter of turtles for their precious shell has led to a serious decline in their numbers. Turtle flesh and eggs are also sought-after foods and as habitats become invaded by humans, so too does the survival of the species become threatened. The abundant turtles Pyrard saw – “of such size to roof a little hut”- were most probably the loggerhead or leatherback turtle. Where are these turtles today? Divers rarely see leatherback turtles anymore. Tourists are now being made aware that their purchases of jewelry or gifts made from turtle shell is a threat to the turtle population.

Conclusion

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Maldives is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean and has many beaches that are perfect for surfing. In fact, it is known as the surfing capital of the world. It is the perfect vacation destination for anyone who loves adventure, water sports, and relaxing on the beach. If you are looking for a quiet place to escape from the busy life, then Maldives

This article was written as a conclusion to my book titled ‘The Maldives – Land of the Sea Turtles’. The book tells the story of my experiences during a research trip to the Maldives. I have dedicated the book to the sea turtles who helped me survive the rough seas.

Hello, my name is Yousuf. I am a Graphic Designer

 

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