Sea Turtles

Sea Turtle – Sea turtles are common in the waters surrounding the Florida Keys and used to be hunted for food. Over time their population dropped and they became a protected species. Now they are still threatened but can be seen everywhere. Types of sea turtles seen in the Florida Keys are Green, Loggerhead and Hawksbill turtles. If you are boating on a calm day sometimes you will hear a large turtle come up for air. They sound kind of like a person taking a a big breath. Usually turtles will slowly shy away from human contact, but when snorkeling or diving they will often allow you to get relatively close. In the middle or April the sea turtles come to shore in the Keys to lay eggs and there are areas roped off for their nests on many of the beaches.
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