green turtle

noun

Definition of green turtle 

: a large usually herbivorous sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) of warm waters with a smooth greenish or olive-colored shell

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Every year, about this time, green turtles begin arriving on beaches all across the Persian Gulf. National Geographic, "Searching for Elusive Green Sea Turtles in the Persian Gulf," 16 June 2018 The paucity of green sea turtles in Texas waters, particularly in the bays, through most of the last century can be seen in the number of cold-stunned or cold-killed green turtles documented during major cold snaps as late as the 1980s. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Texas' green sea turtles exhibit remarkable resiliency," 13 Jan. 2018 But unregulated, wholesale commercial harvest of sea turtles — a cannery was located in Rockport — during the late 1800s and early 1900s devastated the state's green turtle population. Shannon Tompkins, San Antonio Express-News, "After new year’s freeze, rescued turtles returned to Gulf," 7 Jan. 2018 But unregulated, wholesale commercial harvest of sea turtles - a cannery was located in Rockport - during the late 1800s and early 1900s devastated the state's green turtle population. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Marine life, temperature warming back up," 6 Jan. 2018 Anyone serving green turtle soup today would be committing a felony. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Sea turtles overcame hurricane and heat to have decent South Florida nesting season," 31 Oct. 2017 Leatherbacks and loggerheads held their own, and green turtles are almost at record-high levels. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Sea turtles overcame hurricane and heat to have decent South Florida nesting season," 31 Oct. 2017 Remarkably, however, Irma could prove to be a blip in the survival trajectory of green turtles, said Kate Mansfield, director of the University of Central Florida Marine Turtle Research Group. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hurricane Irma destroys record number of turtle nests on Central Florida coast," 23 Oct. 2017 Loggerheads have laid only eight new nests at the refuge since the storm, while green turtles have laid 466. Karen Weintraub, New York Times, "Many of Florida’s Sea Turtle Nests Were Destroyed by Hurricane Irma," 6 Oct. 2017

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