Sea Turtles of Okinawa

Summary of the 7 sea turtle species and their status in Japan


By jhjanicki on Friday,July 15th, 2016 in Biology, Conservation, No Comments

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Photo taken by Zach Hansel

Photo taken by Zach Hansel


Species Major areas inhabited Major nesting areas Passes through Japan Nests in Japan Nesting distribution in Japan
Loggerhead Japan Sea Turtles Temperate, Subtropical East USA, Brazil, Japan, Australia, Oman, Greece Yes Yes The Pacific coast south of Fukushima Prefecture
Green Japan Sea Turtles Tropical, Subtropical Costa Rica, Australia, Malaysia, Oman, Ascension Island Yes Yes Ogasawara islands, Nansei shotō
Hawksbill Japan Sea Turtles Tropical, Subtropical Mexico, Australia, Indonesia, Cuba, Seychelles Yes Yes Nansei shotō
Olive Ridley Japan Sea Turtles Tropical Mexico, Costa Rica, India Yes No
Leatherback Japan Sea Turtles All areas except for the arctics Gabon, French Guiana, Suriname, Indonesia, Costa Rica Yes No
Kemp’s Ridley Japan Sea Turtles The Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Western Atlantic Northeast Mexico No No
Flatback Japan Sea Turtles Northern coast of Australia Northern Australia No No
              Info from the Sea Turtle Handbook by the Sea Turtle Association of Japan

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