Turtle on Turquoise
Sea turtles travel far and wide, riding currents across the open ocean. They "fly" through the water thanks to flipper-shaped forelegs, with their hind feet acting as rudders. Although these gentle animals breathe oxygen, they can stay under water for up to two hours before coming to the surface. They also can drink sea water because of glands near their eyes that remove excess salt.
Unfortunately, nearly all species of sea turtles are endangered. They face many threats, including loss of nesting beaches due to development, hunting, egg harvesting, accidental bycatch by fishermen and plastic pollution. You can help by joining beach cleanups and reducing your use of plastic, which sea turtles and other marine animals can mistake for food.