Diving With Turtles
LETS TALK ABOUT SEA TURTLES
SOME OF PATTAYA’S COMMONLY SEEN TURTLES
Pattaya is a very famous island located in the Chonburi district in Thailand. It is located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand and about 100 kilometers from the southeast of Bangkok. The weather is beautiful here, having a tropical wet and dry climate.
Pattaya island is one of Asia’s largest beach resorts. So its hype can be pretty much understood.
A trendy type of marine turtle, which is called the Hawksbill turtles, is seen almost every day at the Pattaya islands. This is a rare sight at other locations. The turtles love to see and swim in the tropical areas of waters in Pattaya. It is a common thought that these turtles do not like to go to the deeper waterside and prefer only the coastal areas. Anyhow, we can still see them visually if we go as deep as 30m if wreck diving through Pattaya’s local shipwrecks.
Another type of marine turtle that can be seen at Pattaya is the Green turtles. Besides the distinct features of the two, it is still quite easy to spot the difference as the Green turtle’s nose is much rounder than its hawksbill brother.
These both are very pleasant to look at, tourists do come here and have a wonderful time.
Some facts about Thailand’s sea turtles :
- Sea turtles are a type of reptile. They have a cold-blooded nature. Their skin is scaly, and they lay eggs on land.
- Sea turtles like to stay in areas with warm temperatures.
- These marine turtles use their front flippers for moving ahead or forward and their rear flippers for steering.
- Thailand fully protects its turtles.
- Thailand now has several turtle conservation centers. The more famous ones being the Thai Mueang National Park beach and The Mai Khao Sea Turtle Conservation.
- The Turtle population has reduced by more than 85% for the past few years. We have the last remaining vital species here in Pattaya, Thailand.
Sea Turtles have been living in our oceans for more than 100 million years with some species surviving the mass extinction event which wiped out 90 percent of life on earth. The bodily functions of sea turtles are very slow, so they do not need a lot of energy to keep going and this may have helped in their survival.
Most Turtle species can live for around 30-50 years and some that may be more than 100 years old. There have even been claims of turtles living for several hundred years, although this would be very difficult to prove.
How long can a Turtle remain underwater? At rest, turtles can slow their heart rate down and stay submerged for 5 or 6 hours, but, if they are agitated in any way then they will need to surface for air very quickly. Usually, they take a couple of breaths and dive straight back down again. If a turtle becomes trapped in a fishing net it may become stressed out and even drown.
One of the most endangered Sea turtles is the Kemp’s Ridley which is also the smallest of the turtle species. The largest and strongest are leatherback turtles which can grow up to almost 2 meters in length. They are able to swim further and dive deeper than any other turtle species. The leatherback turtle can even eat the dangerous Box Jellyfish as it is unaffected by its stinging tentacles.
Hawksbill Turtles mainly eat lots of sponges as well as crustaceans, and jellyfish, Green sea turtles prefer to graze on seagrasses which are very important for the ecosystem and are homes to many marine species that live amongst them.
Diving With Turtles
Sea creatures are one of the most beautiful animals to look at. The majority of sea turtles can be found in tropical and subtropical water areas. Swimming with these ancient reptiles is not something that everyone knows about. It is called a treasured dive experience by people who have done it. The sea turtles have a friendly attitude, and their cute facial expressions make it even more enjoyable for the divers. Fortunately, there are plenty of beautiful places to encounter sea turtles worldwide, including Pattaya Island in Thailand.
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