Sea Turtles are Jurassic. The 7 species of sea turtles found today have been around for over a 100 million years, since the time of the dinosaurs.
Compare that to humans – we appeared on earth about 7 million years ago, relative newcomers to Earth, earliest seen in Africa. Any wonder then, there’s a lot we can learn about our planet, our environment, and our evolution by knowing sea turtles?
Sea turtles spend most of their lives in water, i.e. limited information is available on their lives. Most of what we know about sea turtles is by observing hatchlings and turtle females that come ashore to lay eggs. The reproduction cycle of Sea Turtles conveys interesting insights on their existence.
Sea Turtles take decades, anywhere between 15 to 30 years depending on the specie type, to achieve sexual maturity. These mariners, unlike any other marine animal, depend on land for reproduction.
When they attain sexual maturity, it’s time for homecoming – Turtles return to the same beach where they were born to lay their eggs, spawning a new generation. It’s like womenfolk visit their maternal home when they give birth to kids.
Sea turtles are avid explorers and travel throughout the world, migrating thousands of ocean miles from their feeding grounds to their natal beaches, some as far as 5,000 miles. This is a very perilous venture risking their life to various predators and long-line fishing by humans.
Like us, are you too wondering about how they locate their natal beaches across continents? Or what makes them return to their natal beach?
We hope to be back with the answers soon!
Meanwhile, write to us at iamONE@OneForBlue.com with your thoughts – is it Science? Art? or Divine intervention?
Stay tuned as we explore deeper into the realm of these mesmerizing beauties.