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Sea Turtle List

The following sea turtles are found within the coral cap region of the sanctuary (0-130 ft, 0-40m deep). Common names are listed, if known.

Sea Turtles
Common Name Scientific Name

Loggerhead Turtle
Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta)

loggerhead sea turtle

head of loggerhead turtle

Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) sitting on the bottom

Caretta caretta

Hawksbill Turtle
Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Hawksbill Sea Turtle top view (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Eretmochelys imbricata

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Flower Garden Banks National Marine Santuary has also been instrumental in assisting with sea turtle releases. These fortunate animals were rehabilitated by NOAA's Sea Turtle facility in Galveston, then released from R/V MANTA.

Learn their stories...

Download a List of Reptile Species (44kb pdf) found in the coral cap region of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.

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