About The Green Turtle on Ascension....Ascension is one of the remotest oceanic islands in the world. Each year on Ascension Island between 6,000 and 15,000 nests are laid by the endangered Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) making this the second largest nesting colony of this species in the Atlantic Ocean, the largest being Costa Rica. The green turtles that nest on Ascension Island are the largest of this species in the world, being approximately 1.5 metres in length and 150 - 300 kg in weight.They are also unique in that males and females migrate from Brazil where they feed, to Ascension Island in order to breed and in the case of females lay their eggs.They then return to Brazil and repeat their migration every 3 - 4 years. The method by which they find this small and remote island is not fully understood, and is considered one of the most amazing navigational feats of all species in the animal kingdom.

We are grateful to the Marine Turtle Research Group for some of the data used in these pages. You can find out more about Ascension Island Green Turtles and turtles worldwide by linking to their site from here => http://www.seaturtle.org/mtrg/projects/ascension/

Choose from the links below:
1. History - The sad story of Ascension's Green Turtles (Page 1)
2. History - The sad story of Ascension's Green Turtles (Page 2)
3. Mating, Nesting and Resting
4. Hatchlings
5. Tracking and Transmitters
6. Fund Raising
More fantastic turtle pictures in the J Young sub-aqua area.

The green turtle is so called because of the colour of its fat.

They are herbivorous and feed on seagrass and algae.
They are globally endangered due to exploitation for meat, soup and leather.
Mail Rob and Julia in Ascension Island!
Last revised on the 21st of April 2002 by Stephen Fowler.