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Species and Environments impacted by Sea Turtles:

Jellyfish

  • Diet of a Sea Turtle is determined by its species, includes plants, animals, sponges or jellyfish. As well as feeding on Seagrass beds, another main part of a Sea Turtle’s meal consists of jellyfish which provides them nourishment and strength.
  • Jellyfish bodies are mainly made up of water with minimal body mass and great amounts have to be eaten daily. Sea Turtles have the ability to avoid jellyfish’s venom, due to in their mouths are barbed projections made out of rigid proteins that line their entire throat area.
  • Jellyfish devour fish eggs and larvae, without the Sea Turtles intervention there could be a great unbalance to the volume of fish species.
Green Sea Turtle Eating

Other Species

  • Sea Turtle’s shells are host homes to numerous species. An additional food source by supporting other groups of ocean life, with the attachments of barnacles, algae, and epibionts.
  • These tiny travelers are either plants or fish that only take up a few millimeters of space. We can determine the route a Sea Turtle has traveled by these tag-along species that live on it’s shell.
  • Barnacles attach themselves to a Sea Turtle’s exterior shell, provide a disguise for when a Sea Turtle is laying on the ocean floor. If a barnacle covers the Sea Turtle’s soft areas such as eyes or nostrils this can be harmful to their overall health.
  • Sea Turtles open up their bodies by stretching their flippers and elevating their heads, other species have access to feed and receive nourishment. These feedings, decreases the weight of the Sea Turtle’s shell and cleans the Sea turtle’s skin.

Environments

  • Two environments are constantly being changed by the Sea Turtles patterns, are the ocean and beach.
  • Hunting in the ocean they use their formidable jaws, to crush the hard shells of their prey. Creating smaller pieces of shell on the ocean floor which creates a quicker recycle of the elements.
  • Sea Turtles uncover their prey, these movements adjust the ocean floor which aids in additional ventilation and dispersal of the sediments.
  • Surfacing from the ocean, Sea Turtles make their way back to the beach to begin their nesting cycle. With nests lined with decaying unhatched eggs, attracting insects and bacteria growth which transfers to the groundwater in these beach environments.

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