Sea Turtle Links & Facts

 Did you know these facts about sea turtles?


There are only seven species of sea turtles worldwide

Five of the seven species of sea turtles nest on Florida beaches

The Loggerhead, Green and Leatherback sea turtles nest on the beaches in Northeast Florida

The earliest known sea turtle fossils are about 110 million years old

Sea turtles spend their whole life in the ocean, except when females come ashore to lay eggs

Sea turtles cannot retract their head into their shells like other turtles and tortoises can for safety

Sea turtles are ectothermic or “cold-blooded” reptiles that breathe air

Fibropapillomatosis or FP is a mysterious disease that affects all species of sea turtles but especially Green turtles

Sea turtles are impacted by lights on the beach; turn off lights visible on nesting beaches or use special fixtures to shield the light from the beach



For more information about the conservation of this important species you can also visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy

Other sites for sea turtle species information include:

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission oversees conservation efforts for sea turtles in Florida,


It’s easy to make a gift ! To Donate to the Sea Turtle Program at Whitney Lab click on the link for online giving.  Your support not only opens the tanks to assist stranded and ill sea turtles on NE Florida’s shores, it will have greater impact by opening the doors to more ocean health research while sparking the interest of future scientists.