noaasanctuaries:

Be free, little one! 

During a research expedition to document shipwrecks off North Carolina in 2017, researchers from Monitor National Marine Sanctuary got to release two rehabilitated sea turtles. This cutie is Puck, a juvenile hawksbill turtle rehabilitated by the North Carolina Sea Turtle Project. The researchers were excited to shellebrate his return to the wild! 

(Photo: Joe Hoyt/NOAA) 

[Image description: A person holding a juvenile sea turtle on a boat.]

scalyadventures:

#tbh pic from filming a Season 1 @scalyadventures TV episode at the @georgiaseaturtlecenter. This is Stevie, who was hit by a boat and brought to the GSTC for care and rehabilitation. You can see all of this up close and learn more about the work they do in this episode!

#scalyadventures #gstc #georgiaseaturtlecenter #stevie #savingstevie #seaturtle #seaturtles #scalyfriends #americasscalyfamily #piercecurren #educationalentertainment #positiveprogramming (at Georgia Sea Turtle Center)

janbloemendaal:

#life #blackandwhite #turtle #love #photo #mexico #freedom #red #seaturtle #photography #happy #salud #adelgazar #want #dreams #babyturtles #babyturtle #repost #ocean #beach #nature #travel #sea #sunset #sun #waves #sky #surf #vacation #beautiful
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noaasanctuaries:

Loggerheads are turtley awesome! 🐢💙

Loggerheads get their name from their relatively large heads, which support powerful jaws and enable them to feed on hard-shelled prey. From hatching to adulthood, a loggerhead increases its weight more than 6,000 times! Marine debris, fishing gear, and development near their nesting areas remain major issues for loggerheads, but by working together we can help reduce these threats. This beautiful loggerhead was spotted in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. 

(Photo: G.P. Schmahl/NOAA) 

[Image description: Close-up on a loggerhead sea turtle’s face.]

noaasanctuaries:

Did you know the largest sea turtle in the world can be found in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, just off the coast of California? 

Leatherback sea turtles like this one can be more than six feet long and weigh more than 2,000 pounds. These huge turtles have a big appetite for jellyfish – look closely, and you can see the tentacles of a sea nettle jelly hanging out of this one’s mouth. 

That food preference puts them especially at risk from marine debris, as floating plastic bags and other plastics look remarkably like swimming jellies. Help protect these endangered sea turtles and always dispose of your trash properly!

(Photo: Douglas Croft) 

[Image description: A closeup view of a leatherback sea turtle’s head while it swims at the ocean surface. A sea nettle tentacle is hanging out from the corner of its mouth.]