Sea turtle

Hello. I am a chelonioidea. Most of you will know me as the green sea turtle though. I am currently 17 years old, and I can live up to 70 years. My species can be found all over the world, but I like to live in big coral reefs, because they provide good protection against sharks and lots of food to eat. I am active for all of the day, and have a diurnal cycle, and spend a lot of my time finding food and sleeping. Today, I went exploring outside of my reef and spent most of the day eating. Afterwards, I went back home to my cave in the coral. I did run into a shark today though, and I had to thrush my shell into its mouth to stop it from biting my flippers. Luckily, I was able to get away, and get to my home just in time, where the shark cant fit into. Besides that, I also ran into one of my friends, the cleaner fish. Him and I have a symbiotic relationship. He will go along my back and clean of all the gunk and algae that has gotten onto it. That way, I get clean, and the fish gets a free meal! A Lot of the fish in the coral reef think that I have a very important job in the coral reef, which is why I have a lot of symbiotic relationships. My job is to eat the excess algae and seagrass, so the reef doesn’t get sick and die. As I said before, animals like sharks, and killer whales will feed on me if they have the chance, but those are my only two main predators. The coral reef that i live in provides lots of food too, not just protection. I like to spend most of my time in the sea grass beds and I will travel 50 yards or more in a day to feed. I spend a lot of my time traveling far to feed or to nest, but when I am at my home in the coral, I like to swim along the reef looking for food like excess algae or bits of sea grass. This is a problem that I want to discuss, so I’ll just say it. We are endangered. There are over 85 to 90 thousand nesting females alone, which may seem like a lot, but over 37 thousand green sea turtles die a year from  fishing nets, plastic, hunting, and some of our nesting sites are being destroyed roads and factories and things. Even if our eggs are safe from destruction,the

babies that hatch still could get eaten by crabs or seabirds, and once they are in the ocean they are also a good snack for sharks, dolphins, and carnivorous fish. I also worry a lot about pollution in the ocean. The plastic in the ocean that I see is sometimes mistaken for food, and i realize just in time that it is dangerous, but some are not that lucky. This is what my day was like, and I hope you liked reading it. Bye!

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