WhyReef - Lifestyle
Green sea turtles lead hard and dangerous lives, and are lucky to reach adulthood. They spend most of their lives in the water, but female green sea turtles need to come on land to lay their eggs. Once they have crawled onto the beach, they dig a hole for hours until their flippers are exhausted, lay 100 to 200 eggs inside it, and then cover it up to protect the eggs from heat and predators. When the eggs hatch, the baby turtles have to crawl to the sea, but because there are so many animals that eat them, not many of them survive the trip. The lucky ones that make it to the water spend their early life trying to avoid being eaten by dolphins and sharks. Adult sea turtles spend a life of well-earned rest among seagrass beds and coral reefs.