Green Sea Turtle // Chelonia Mydas
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The green sea turtle is a large, heavy turtle that spends most of its life at sea. It can grow up to 1.5 metres in length and weigh some 200 kilos. Sea turtles are quite common in Australia, with 6 of the world's 7 sea turtles visiting Australian waters and shores.
The green sea turtle acquired its name due to the greenish colour of its body fat, so coloured because of algae. Sea turtles are herbivorous and feed on algaes and sea-grasses.
Females often mate at sea with more than one male, and can lay over 100 eggs a year. Sea turtles lay their eggs on traditional nesting beaches, and are threatened by predation and habitat destruction. Green sea turtles are also threatened by hunting, being used for turtle soup. Their shells are also used in ornamentation. All species of green sea turtle are considered Vulnerable.
Watercolour pencil / pencil / ink / metallic acrylic -> Crescent cold-pressed illustration board -> 18.5 x 20.5 cm (or 7.2 x 8 in).
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