Insights on Travel from Costa Rica Expeditions’ Founder Michael Kaye and his Expert Friends.
- Sea Turtles routinely dives for about 5 minutes and surfaces to breath for only 3 seconds. She can dive up to 4,000 feet.
- She can rest or sleep underwater for several hours.
- She navigates by the earth’s magnetic field, and travels thousands of miles in open ocean.
- After some 25 years of maturing, she usually returns to the same beach where she was born, to lay up to 140 of eggs. And from then on, she comes back to do it every few years.
- Mature females nest every two to five years and lay eggs one to three times the years that they nest.
- The randomness of nesting patterns makes it very had to keep track of populations because a high nesting year does not necessarily mean that the population is doing well and a low nesting year does not necessarily mean that the population is doing badly.
- The gender of the hatchlings depend on the temperature of the sand. Eggs from the bottom of the nest where it is cold hatch males. Eggs from the warm top of the nest hatch females.
- All species of sea turtles are threatened or endangered.
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