Flatback Sea Turtle

Natator Depressus

Flatback Sea Turtle
  • Size: Average adult carapace (shell) is about 39 inches (99 cm)
  • Weight: Average adult is about 198 pounds (90 kg)
  • Habitat: Mostly in murky or cloudy waters, grassy and shallow waters, coastal coral reefs, and bay areas. They nest on sandy beaches.
  • Food: The Flatback sea turtle’s diet includes jellyfish, bryozoans, sea cucumbers, prawns, mollusks, and other invertebrates and seaweed.
  • The Flatback Sea Turtle can only be found in the marine waters around Papua New Guinea and Australia. They will nest up to 4 times a year and lay about 50 eggs at a time. The egg’s incubation period lasts about 55 days with their hatchlings being larger then most other species. There are approximately 20,200 nesting females.