Important information about the health of the Great Barrier Reef

Green Sea Turtle

Green Sea Turtle

The Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) are found in the tropical waters around the Great Barrier Reef. They have a smooth, high-domed carapace (shell), are olive green in colour, with occasional brown, reddish-brown or black highlights. Hatch-lings have a black carapace with white margins around the carapace, flippers and on the bottom of the shell.

They are found most commonly in seaweed-rich coral reefs and around inshore sea grass pastures. They are herbivores that live on a mix of algae, sea grass and jelly fish.

(Courtesy Commonwealth of Australia GBRMPA)

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