Latin Name: Chelonioidea
Of the seven species of sea turtles in the world, we are lucky enough to have four of them in the waters around the Desert Islands. These are the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) and the massive leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea). While three of these Sea Turtle species are observed in the waters on almost a daily basis, you may be in luck and spot a huge leatherback turtle, which can grow to close to three metres in length and weigh almost 1,000 kg. All four of these incredible turtle species are classified as Critically Endangered by the World Conservation Union. It is therefore very important to observe these amazing animals at a safe distance to ensure they are not disturbed.
Weight : up to 907 kg
Height : 65-80 cm
Native to : All oceans except the polar regions
What they eat : Plants, sponges and jellyfish.
Interesting fact : They’ve lived on the Earth more than 220 million years