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Term Sea Turtles

Reptiles belonging to the testudines or chelonians orders, adapted to marine life and characterized by having a short, wide trunk and a shell that protects their internal organs, and from which they can extend or retract their extremities (head and tail).

There are four species of sea turtles on the Dominican coasts: the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), the leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) and the loggerhead (Caretta caretta) (see Figure S-1).

In the nesting season, most of the sea turtle populations are concentrated in two main areas of long sandy beaches: on the east coast from Miches to Cabo Engaño, and on the southern coast from Bahía de Neiba to Pedernales. Factors such as overfishing, egg collection on the beach and habitat loss have contributed to the endangerment of the different species of sea turtles, both in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean in general.


Additional Information
PhotoTortugas Marinas Tinglar (Dermochelys coriacea)
PhotoEspecies de tortugas marinas que visitan las costas dominicanas
Topic  Resources coastal / marine