Which Turtles Eat Jellyfish

Depending on which species a turtle is, they will eat jellyfish. You can find both the box jellyfish and the blue plastic jelly in the scientific literature.

This is not news to any of you who are turtle experts here at Mindful Turtle, but it’s time to make this data available to everyone else. To do this, I’ve compiled a list of all the known species that eat jellyfish and have also included their diet rates (how much of these gastronomical treats are eaten on average). The percentages in parentheses below each line indicate how often that turtle species eats that particular jelly type:

“Jelly Type” (Percentage)/”Diet Rate”

(Box Jelly)/0.17% (Blue Plastic Jelly) Box Jelly: 170 (100%) Blue Plastic Jelly: 1 (0%) A fun exercise for kids at school or work! Use Google Drive or Dropbox to share links with your group so you can all see my findings! Or just print out this page and post it up somewhere like a whiteboard. No one will even need Google Drive or Dropbox to get access to this information…just make sure you’re using a PC or Mac! You can print out as many copies as you like!

Green Sea Turtle

Green sea turtles are the largest sea turtles. They are found in tropical and subtropical waters, particularly in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. Despite their name, green sea turtles aren’t actually green; instead they’re more of a brownish color with yellow markings on their neck and head.

They are endangered due to loss of habitat caused by coastal development and tourism as well as accidental capture in fishing nets (bycatch). The species was listed under the U.S Endangered Species Act in 1978 with its status listed as “threatened”. Green Sea Turtles have been known to have ingested plastic bags which can be fatal if they become lodged in their digestive system

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Hawksbill Sea Turtle

  • Hawksbill turtles are endangered.
  • They eat jellyfish.
  • They are found in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as the Caribbean, Indonesia, Australia and the Indian Ocean. They can also be found in the Gulf of Mexico.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

While there aren’t many turtles that specifically eat jellyfish, there are some species of turtles that will eat them as part of their diet. The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is one such turtle that is known for eating several different kinds of invertebrates, including jellyfish. While this may seem like an odd thing for a sea creature to do, the Loggerhead Sea Turtle has actually evolved to be able to consume these creatures without getting stung by their venomous tentacles.

To make this possible, these turtles have developed a large mouth and powerful jaw muscles that allow them to crush the jellyfish into bite-sized pieces so they can swallow them more easily. These adaptations help ensure the survival of both species—the Loggerhead Sea Turtle obviously needs food sources, while the jellyfish benefit from not being eaten alive by predators who would otherwise cause them harm or death!

Flatback Sea Turtle

The flatback sea turtle (Natator depressus) is a large species of sea turtle that is native to the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean. These turtles are considered endangered, as they are hunted and over-harvested for their meat and eggs. This species can be found in northern Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands.

Flatbacks are omnivores that eat jellyfish as well as mollusks, crustaceans (such as shrimp), echinoderms (such as starfish), fish eggs, seaweed and algae.

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Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle

The Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle is the smallest species of sea turtle, reaching a maximum length of about 2 feet. It is also the most endangered and is currently on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of threatened. The Kemp’s ridley was named after Charles Kemp, who discovered it in 1857 near Port Isabel, Texas.

It is believed that this species evolved from terrestrial turtles during an interglacial period when sea levels were low enough for them to live out of water. Their diet consists mostly of jellyfish but they will occasionally eat other invertebrates such as crabs and shrimp as well as small fish or squid if given access to them in captivity

Turtles that eat jellyfish are endangered.

Turtles that eat jellyfish are quickly on the endangered list. These turtles are threatened with extinction, which means they could become extinct in the next decade or so.

To protect these turtles, you should only buy products made from them if the seller has a license from an organization like Oceanic Conservation Society (OCS). OCS conducts annual surveys of these species to determine how many are left and whether there is an increased need for protection measures like catch limits and protected areas.

The main takeaway is that the turtles which eat jellyfish are endangered. The Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle feeds almost exclusively on them and it is listed as critically endangered. It is believed there are only around 750 nesting females, so this species really needs to be protected in order to survive into the future!

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