Head of a Turtle

TURTLES AT CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM

  • Current time in Florida City
  • Location: Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater, Florida, USA
  • Source: www.seewinter.com
  • Info: Live webcam of rescued and rehabilitated turtles at the Clearwater Aquarium in Florida. There are also red fish, hogfish, tarpon, lookdowns and stingrays in the aquarium.

    These ancient reptiles have been around since the age of the dinosaurs and though often associated with the tropics, they are found in all of the world’s oceans except for the polar seas. Sea turtles cannot breathe underwater, but they can hold their breath for an astonishing 4 to 6 hours when resting. During this time their heart rate slows significantly to conserve oxygen and up to nine minutes can pass between heartbeats.

    Sea turtles migrate long distances sometimes crossing entire oceans and in so doing they are exposed to many dangers. They often drown when caught in fishing gear. Pollution like plastic bags can be mistaken for food such as jellyfish and if ingested can cause an intestinal blockage. Coastal development can interfere with important nesting sites and artificial light from houses and other buildings detracts hatchlings away from reaching the ocean.