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Juvenile Green Turtle Swimming Along

Sandy Substrate

Juvenile green turtles (Chelonia mydas) remain close to shore in shallow coastal waters. This ranging behavior is mostly in part due to their need for vegatative food resources, as they gradually make the gut fermentation change from omnivory to herbivory. Since the abundance of seagrasses and macro-algae proliferates within nearshore waters, the juvenile turtles are commonly found foraging in waters only a few meters deep. This juvenile green turtle was photographed in approximately five meters of water traversing a sand channel adjacent to lush reef patches, where food and refuge resources would be available.

This photograph was taken during a nighttime, scientific dive along Palm Beach, Florida, USA by CERF Vice-President, Chris Makowski ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )