Baby leatherback sea turtles
  A leatherback sea turtle was tracked traveling over 12,700 miles, the longest recorded migration of any known vertebrate, from the nesting beaches of Papua to the foraging shores off Oregon. The baby leatherback sea turtle in this photo begins its life off the east coast of Florida and will travel as far north as eastern Canada to its foraging grounds. As soon as the sea turtle leaves its nest it will begin a nonstop swimming frenzy that can last for many days. This swimming frenzy allows the baby sea turtle to quickly swim passed the nearshore reefs where predators abound. The baby sea turtle will get the energy it needs to accomplish this feat from the remains of its egg yolk. Learn more about baby leatherback sea turtles.  

Hawksbill sea turtle swimming towards the camera
  Sea turtles, such as this hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), are air breathers and must come up to the surface to breathe. They are capable of holding their breath for hours depending on their activity level. When resting or sleeping they can hold their breath for as long as 4-7 hours.  

Baby loggerhead sea turtle underwater photo
  The sex of a juvenile sea turtle, such as this loggerhead, is determined by the temperature of the sand in which the eggs are layed. It is believed that lower temperatures produce males, while higher temperatures tend to produce females. Using an egg tooth on the tip of their beak they are able to break free from their egg and crawl out of the sand before scurrying to the ocean.  

Baby green sea turtle underwater photo
  Baby green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) undergo a period of hyperactive swimming during the first 24 hours after hatching. After this time period, the baby green sea turtle will only swim during the day. This continuos locomotion is not found to exist in any other reptile except for other sea turtles. Learn more about green sea turtles.  

Baby leatherback sea turtles
  Baby leatherback sea turtles hatch from their eggs laid deep under the sand in about two months. A leatherback sea turtle lays an average of 100 eggs in a nest chamber. Due to predation and human causes, many of these baby leatherback sea turtles will not reach adulthood. Those leatherbacks sea turtles that do survive will return to nest near the same beach where they were born approxiamately sixteen years later. Learn more about leatherback sea turtles.  

Underwater sun rays on a sandy landscape
  The crystal-clear tropical waters of the Bahamas.  

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