Green Sea Turtle

Chelonia mydas


Green sea turtles are large pelagic turtles that can be observed in the Gulf of Mexico, and may be seen close to coastal Mississippi foraging or nesting. Sea turtles are endangered and should not be bothered, handled, or captured.

Nesting Green Sea Turtle, McIntosh Co. (GA), © Grover Brown

Identifying Traits

  • Paired prefrontal scales on top of snout (separates from Hawksbill)
  • Dark brown or gray shell


Oceanic, may be encountered eating jellyfish during blooms, occasionally nests on natural beaches and barrier islands


Pelagic, nests on beaches, forages on gelatinous prey and algae


Jellyfish, algae

Closeup of head, McIntosh Co. (GA), © Grover Brown, PhD