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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Baby Sea Turtle aceo

I recently had the opportunity to take pictures of sea turtles at a Turtle farm in Grand Cayman, and I had a blast. I just wish I had taken more pictures. I love sea turtles, especially the baby ones.

So this is my Baby Sea Turtle aceo. It is in colored pencil. I am planning on doing larger paintings in the near future.

This is me holding a baby sea turtle. Isn't he cute?

At the Cayman turtle farm they have 4 different species of sea turtles; Green Turtles, Kemp's Ridley, Loggerheads and Hawkbills. Loggerheads and Hawkbills are snapping turtles. I didn't know that there were snapping sea turtles.

The male turtles have a significantly longer tail than the females.

You cannot tell a male from a female until they become mature. In the wild this is between the ages of 15-20, and on the farm it is 15 years. That's when the female starts laying fertile eggs.

The turtles on the farm lay between 50-100 eggs at a time, up to 10 times a season. This is from May to early October. Aren't you glad you're not a female sea turtle? That's alot of eggs!!!

Aren't they cool!?!

Some lady holding a sea turtle...I'm not that tan.

The farm releases yearlings into the wild every year. A sea turtle can hold it's breath for up to 20 minutes when it is swimming around, but when it's sleeping...12 hours!

The mature breeding turtles weigh anywhere from 350 - over 500 pounds!

This one is of my husband holding a Sting Ray on a sand bar. He loved it, and it was his favorite part of the whole trip! Mine was the turtles.

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wreathmiccreations said...

Nice blog and beautiful drawing!

Marlene said...

Love the drawing, the turtles are very cool indeed.