One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sea turtle with an olive-brown shell, often living close to the coast and extensively hunted for food.
Chelonia mydas, family Cheloniidae
- ‘Beaches in sections of Florida's highly developed coastline are nesting ground for rare loggerhead, leatherback and green turtles.’
- ‘Unlike many other species of turtles, green turtles are unable to retract their head into their shell.’
- ‘Large numbers of green turtles were harvested throughout the Hawaiian Islands through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.’
- ‘The green turtle is primarily a tropical herbivorous species and feeds on sea grasses and algae.’
- ‘Eight of the 10 beaches are used by hawksbill turtles and one by green turtles.’
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