North Cyprus is home to several species of turtles, including the Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta) and the Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas). These turtles are an important part of the marine ecosystem and are protected by law in North Cyprus.
Loggerhead sea turtles are the most common species of turtle found in North Cyprus. They typically weigh between 100-300 pounds and can grow up to three feet in length. These turtles are known for their large heads, which are used to crush the shells of their prey.
Green sea turtles are also found in North Cyprus, but they are less common than the Loggerhead sea turtle. They are slightly smaller in size, weighing between 100-200 pounds and growing up to two feet in length. Green sea turtles are herbivores and primarily feed on seagrasses and algae.
Both Loggerhead and Green sea turtles are considered endangered species, and their populations have declined significantly due to human activities such as habitat destruction, pollution, and fishing. Therefore, it is crucial to protect them and their habitats. There are several initiatives in place to conserve these turtles and their nesting sites, including the establishment of marine protected areas, nest monitoring programs, and public education campaigns.