Of the seven species of sea turtles found throughout the world, five are located in the Philippines. There, they are known as pawikans, and their diet is comprised of plants, corals, jellyfish and sponges. Hatchling pawikans eat a wider variety of foods, including larval crabs, fish eggs and seaweed.Know More
The pawikans are a group of sea turtles that includes the green sea turtle, the hawksbill sea turtle, the loggerhead sea turtle, the olive ridley sea turtle and the leatherback sea turtle.
The jaws and mouth of each species of sea turtle have slight differences in shape according to food preferences. Loggerheads, for example, have large, strong jaws that enable them to prey upon conches and other hard-shelled crustaceans. The jaws of the leatherback contain sharp cusps that it uses to spear and hold jellyfish.Learn more about Turtles
The average lifespan of sea turtles is about 80 years. Sea turtles outlive most research projects, so it is difficult to determine the average lifespan of these creatures.Full Answer >
Leatherback sea turtles' thick skin acts like a natural armor and is a valuable defense mechanism. However, the turtles' large size is also a deterrent for many predators, as is their ability to quickly swim away from danger.Full Answer >
Green sea turtles have habitats on land for nesting and habitats in shallow and open water areas of the ocean. Female green turtles use beaches to nest. Because sea turtles are an endangered species, part of some beaches close off to protect hatching grounds when females are nesting.Full Answer >
Green sea turtles are the only sea turtles that are herbivorous in adulthood. Young green sea turtles are mainly carnivorous and eat invertebrates such as sponges, jellyfish and crabs. However, they gradually shift to an entirely vegetarian diet as they exit their juvenile stage. The jaws of green sea turtles are finely serrated, an adaptation fit for their diet of sea grasses and algae.Full Answer >