About Sea Turtles
citAn Introduction to the Sea Turtles of the World (.pdf)
citHow to differentiate the species? Identification Key (.pdf) Courtesy of the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network - http://www.widecast.org)
citInteractive map of nesting sites in IAC Contracting Parties (.zip) This aplication requires Flash Player
citSea Turtle Life Cycle (.pdf)

Species: citDermochelys coriacea (.pdf)
Common name: leatherback
Biology: Lives in pelagic zones and has the widest distribution of all the species of sea turtles. Feeds mainly on jellyfish. It is the largest of the sea turtles; a female can weigh up to 500 kg.
Conservation status: Critically endangered (CR A1abd)*
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citMap of Dermochelys coriacea in the Eastern Pacific (.pdf)
Species: citCaretta caretta (.pdf)
Common name: Loggerhead
Biology: Nests mainly in subtropical zones. Feeds mostly on crustaceans and mollusks. Can weight up to 180 kg. in the western Atlantic.
Conservation status: Endangered (EN A1abd)*
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Species: citChelonia mydas (.pdf)
Common name: turtle, white turtle, black turtle
Biology: Found in all oceans. Plays and important ecological role in seagrass beds. Can eat algae as well as seagrass. Can weigh up to 230 kg.
Conservation status: Endangered (EN A2bd)*
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Species: citEretmochelys imbricata (.pdf)
Common name: hawksbill
Biology: Lives in coral reef zones, feeds mainly on sponges. Adult females weigh an average of 60 kg.
Conservation status: Critically endangered (CR A1bd)*
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Species: citLepidochelys kempii (.pdf)
Common name: Kemp’s ridley
Biology: Most of the world population nests at Rancho Nuevo, in the Gulf of Mexico. Feeds mainly on crustaceans and mollusks. Reaches 35-50 kg.
Conservation status: Critically endangered (CR A1 ad)*
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Species: citLepidochelys olivacea (.pdf)
Common name: olive ridley
Biology: Lives in pelagic zones. Feeds mainly on crustaceans and mollusks. Reaches 35-50 kg.
Conservation status: Vulnerable (VU A2db)*
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* IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (http://www.iucnredlist.org)
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