Turtle images on Scubapixel

Everyone loves sea turtles - that's just a simple fact of life. Turtles are found in all tropical seas and they're always a popular sight. The ScubaPixel database contain turtle images from around the world.

Posted on Dec 22, 2008

I have been lucky enough to encounter sea turtles on many of my trips, and images from Bonaire, Curaçao, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and the Cape Verde are found in the database.

Sadly, sea turtles are endangered almost everywhere in the world and protecting them is very important. Please support those who work hard to keep the turtles alive!

During my visit to Cape Verde in 2008 I talked to the people who run SOS Tartarugas, a non-profit organisation set up to protect the turtles and their nesting grounds on the islands.

» Please click here to visit SOS Tartarugas

I experienced first hand the important work they're doing, and was able to witness turtle babies being hatched and released.

Can you tell them apart?

The two most common sea turtle species are the hawksbill and green turtles. But can you identify them? Here's an easy way to tell them apart:

The hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata, left) has four so-called prefrontal scutes, whereas the green turtle (Chelonia mydas, right) have just two - marked in orange on both of them.

In addition, the hawksbill (as the name implies) has a sharper, more bird-like beak. There are other differences too - please visit www.seeturtles.com if you want to know more.

Use the search field

In the ScubaPixel database you can search for specific species or even use easy shortcuts below the images you find. The turtles are found under "Animals".

» Click here to browse turtle images

Turtles have always stirred the curiosity of scientists. This plate was drawn by German zoologist Ernst Haeckel for his book Kunstformen der Natur which was published in 1904.
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