Cheloniidae – Modern sea turtles
Spend their entire lives in seas where they breed, feed, and even sleep
Survived for 100 million years, but may be gone in just few decades.
These strong long-distance swimmers are often considered the most majestic of all the turtle families, sea turtles are large, ocean-going reptiles known for their gentle nature and long lifespan.
Except for the flatback sea turtle, all species of sea turtles occur in North American waters and are listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
From the first moment, it hatches, the sea turtle’s life is a constant struggle for survival in the unforgiving environment of a sea. Humans have revered sea turtles for millennia. Many creation stories in various world cultures feature tales of our world being built on the back of a sea turtle.
Genera in this family
You’re a baby turtle with instincts to follow the moonlight. Now imagine you end up following the beach bar light
Largest hard-shelled sea turtle on earth
Its slender frame and narrow head bear a beak curved like a hawk’s, earning this marine marvel its name
The only sea turtle exclusive to Australia
One of the largest and strongest sea turtles in the world