Sea Turtle Hunting
When you’re on a boat, you may notice that the water is a bit less than clear, or that sea turtles are in the water. Perhaps they see you as prey, like birds. Sea turtles do have strong eyesight, and they can distinguish color too.
The good news is that sea turtles have an excellent sense of smell. Their taste buds are well developed, so they can sense what’s going on around them. This means that they can smell food and predators approaching from a great distance.
The most amazing trait of the sea turtle is their ability to detect their prey. These aren’t birds, so they have no natural camouflage, but they can pick up on a scent in the air. They can’t hear it as easily, but they can feel it.
They can sense movements and movement patterns, and when a sea turtle spots something in the water, it will attack it. A lone sea turtle may not be able to actually kill its prey, but groups will move in for the kill. Sometimes two or more sea turtles may chase a hungry seal into a hiding place, and one will grab hold of it and pull until the seal literally breaks. Once this happens, the rest of the group will dive in and gobble it up.
Once a sea turtle begins to eat, it will drown. This is because it is no longer able to swim, but rather drowns in its own mucus. This isn’t the same as drowning, though. Instead, it’ll become chilled, and as a result, it becomes sluggish.
A sea turtle eats when it feels food moving in the water. Then it will take a breath and swallow it. After that, it’ll relax in its shell and wait for its digestion to complete.
Sea turtles do not require much time to regenerate. Unlike their land cousins, whose shells grow only when the animal grows, sea turtles have a regenerative process, similar to what happens when you throw your clothes in the washing machine. This is why sea turtles can continue to live for hundreds of years.
It is hard to know when a sea turtle is in danger. They lay very deep eggs. A sea turtle may not have enough room to hide itself, so a predator may see it hiding and come close. Sea turtles have very strong legs, and they have to sprint fast to escape the water and the predator.
The first time a sea turtle lays its eggs is when it is a baby. But once it has reached adulthood, the turtle will leave the nest and choose a secluded place to hide. It may also seek out a location where the water’s temperature is just right for a successful egg laying.
The next step of a sea turtle’s life is flight. A sea turtle doesn’t need to feel the water, but it needs to get its body up off the seafloor. This can be difficult, because a sea turtle needs to use its claws to climb up and down.
Once a sea turtle has its claws, it will begin to hunt. One sea turtle will swim ahead of its other friends and sniff out potential prey. Then the rest of the group will follow and make a beeline for the prey.
When a sea turtle does catch a fish, it is likely to eat it. The sea turtle may even swallow it whole. As a last resort, the sea turtle may try to pull the creature out of the water by the tail.