Turtles are some of the most adorable and charming creatures of the sea. Observing how they tread the oceans and pace on the sands at night is a calming activity that binds you to nature. You can find 5 of the 7 turtle species in the Maldives, and here’s all you need to know about them!
Hawksbill Sea Turtle
These can be found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans, and are commonly seen in Maldives waters. Most luxury villas in Maldives such as the Atmosphere Kanifushi will give you all the help you need to observe these lovely creatures in the nearby oceans. Hawksbills are small in comparison, and they have vibrant shells that help camouflage from the dangers of the sea.
Green Sea Turtle
These are some of the largest turtles you can find and the only herbivore species. They feature dense black shells and green bodies, easily recognisable among any marine life. You can find them in shallow lagoons in the Atlantic, Pacific, and a few areas in the Indian ocean.
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
The loggerheads have unique features such as their large heads and horny beaks, making them stand out from the other turtle species. These yellow and brown creatures feature reddish-brown shells and are quite large in comparison. They wander in the Indian, Atlantic, Pacific, and Mediterranean.
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle
Possibly the most abundant and smallest of them all, these turtles can be found in the warm and tropical oceans of the Pacific and India. They’re carnivorous, however, occasionally feed on seaweed as well. You can recognise them from their small build and their dark greenish colour.
Leatherback Sea Turtle
The leatherbacks are the largest turtle species, and the leather-like shell and build make it easy for you to identify them even from afar. Mostly found in the Atlantic and Pacific, these creatures migrate in the coral triangle to California to feed on the jellyfish.