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This poor specimen was found dead on the East Coast of Fraser Island early one morning. You can tell that it has survived for many years and has collected many barnacles on its shell, further evidence of its experiences in the sea. Weighing up to 700 pounds (317.5 kilograms) green turtles are among the largest sea turtles in the world.
Unlike most sea turtles, adult green turtles are herbivorous, feeding on sea grasses and algae. Juvenile green turtles, however, will also eat invertebrates like crabs, jellyfish, and sponges.

While most sea turtles warm themselves by swimming close to the surface of shallow waters, the Eastern Pacific green turtle will take to land to bask in the sun. Occasionally seen sunbathing alongside seals and albatrosses, it is one of the few marine turtles known to leave the water other than at nesting times.

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