Where to Find Green Sea Turtles in San Diego
People usually don’t see Green Sea Turtles in San Diego while scuba diving. But don’t worry, we have got you covered with everything about Green Sea Turtles and where to find Green Sea Turtles, in La Jolla.
Unfortunately, the Green Sea Turtle is listed as endangered by the IUCN and CITES, which makes them protected from exploitation in most countries. It is illegal to harm, collect, or kill them. But sadly, even with these laws, turtles are still in danger because of human activity.
Since Green Sea Turtles are rare to see, it makes it that much more exciting when you find one!
This shy creature is otherwise known as Chelonia mydas and turns out to be the only species in the genus Chelonia. Their body is covered by a large teardrop shaped carapace and they have two large flippers. Did you know they can weigh up to a whopping 700 pounds!? Green Sea Turtles are usually a light brown color but in the eastern Pacific populations, parts of their shell are almost black. And unlike other turtles they are herbivorous and like to eat sea grasses and algae.
They like to travel throughout tropical and subtropical seas around the world, mainly populating both the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. Luckily for us, this means San Diego! In fact, La Jolla happens to be one of their favorite spots.
The La Jolla Ecological Reserve is the place to be if you want to see a Green Sea Turtle. They like to hang out there around the second half of the summer and early fall, especially when the water is warm. The good thing is that oceanographers have confirmed that water in the recent years has been warmer because of the “marine heatwave,” which means there are almost always green sea turtles hanging out around La Jolla’s underwater park.
Book a Dive!
Pretty awesome, right? We love Green Sea Turtles and are always looking for them during a dive. To get a look at our favorite little green friends in their natural habitat, call (858) 397-8213 to reserve or book online.