SPECIES - TURLES

The Gili’s are renowned for their Turtles, and during each Freediving Course we endeavour to find you at least a couple of these beautiful creatures (and we are usually successful!!).

There are two main species which reside just 100 meters from our dive resort; The Green Sea Turtle and The Hawksbill.

Read on to see the identifying features of these species, along with other informative facts:

            

     

    

GREEN SEA TURTLE

Scientific Name: Chelonia Mydas
Average Adult Size: 83 to 114cm
Average Adult Weight: 110 to 190 kg
Life Span: Approx 80 years
Identifying Features:
• Smooth shell, which is pointed at the rear,
• 1 claw on each flipper
• Small, blunt head with a serrated jaw
Habitat:
Typically near the coastline and around islands, in bays and protected shores, especially in areas with seagrass beds.

 

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HAWKSBILL

Scientific Name: Eretmochelys Imbricata
Average Adult Size: 71 to 89 cm
Average Adult Weight: 46 to 70 kg
Life Span: Approx 40 years
Identifying Features:
• 
Hawk-like beak,
• Two claws on each flipper
• Overlapping scutes (plates) on the carapace (shell)
Habitat:
Typically found around coastal reefs, rocky areas, estuaries and lagoons

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