Flatback Sea Turtle (Natator Depressus)

Natator Depressus

  • 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 than most other species. There are approximately 20,200 nesting females.

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