Leatherback

6 ft. (1.8 m) 1,500 lb. (680 kg)

Sizes compared to 6 ft. (1.8 m) man

• Largest of the sea turtles • Most migratory and widespread

Sea turtles
Green
4 ft. (1.2 m) 300 lb. (136 kg) • Most common • Body fat is used in ‘green turtle soup’ 3 ft. (0.9 m) 120 lb. (54 kg) • Gets name from hawk-like beak • Shell used in tortoiseshell jewelry Five of the world’s seven sea turtle species are found in the Gulf of Mexico and are classified as threatened or endangered.

Hawksbill

Gulf of Mexico
Kemp’s ridley
2.3 ft. (0.7 m) 100 lb. (45 kg)

Loggerhead
3 ft. (0.9 m) 250 lb. (115 kg) • Powerful jaw • Population decline due to habitat loss
Source: World Wildlife Fund, The State of the World’s Sea Turtles

• Smallest of the sea turtles • Range mainly restricted to Gulf of Mexico
Graphic: Melina Yingling © 2010 MCT

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