Sea Turtles in Indonesia

Green turtle on a reef in Raja Ampat surrounded by tiny fish

Turtles in Indonesia Indonesia is a great place to see turtles! Sea turtles are really ancient. The oldest known sea turtle fossil is 120 million years old! This makes sea turtles some of the oldest creatures on the planet! There are seven species of sea turtles in the world. Six of those species live in Indonesia: Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate) Olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) Flatback sea turtle (Natator depressus) Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) For those who are curious, the seventh species is Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), found primarily in the Gulf of Mexico. The two most encountered sea turtles while scuba diving or snorkelling in Indonesia are the Hawksbill turtle […]