Thirteen ocean creatures have surfaced all around Bristol’s BS5 postcode, snapped by some of the world’s very best wildlife photographers. To prove how turtle-y awesome they all are, we’ve created blogs on all of the featured species sharing ten epic facts about them! Sail your way around the exhibition by downloading your very own map and guide.
1) Sea turtles have been roaming the Earth for 110 million years, once sharing the planet with T-Rex and other dinosaurs!
2) Sea turtles migrate thousands of kilometres in their lifetime through the oceans and high seas. One female leatherback turtle travelled more than 19,000km across the Pacific Ocean, from Indonesia to the USA and back!
3) A baby turtle’s sex is determined mostly by the temperatures of the sand they’re buried in, below 30˚C is usually male; and above 30˚C is usually female.
4) Green sea turtles can hold their breath for up to five hours, but their feeding dives usually only last five minutes or less, before they come back to the surface for air.
5) Sea turtles can detect the Earth’s magnetic field and use it as a compass to navigate long distances. Who needs Google Maps when you have built-in sat-nav!
6) The Hawaiian green sea turtle, known locally as ‘Honu’, symbolises good luck, endurance and long life. Hawaiians believe turtles can show up as a person’s guardian spirit, known as Aumakua, to guide the way home.
7) Green turtles are named for the layer of green fat that lies under their shell. Scientists believe this unusual quirky-coloured fat is a result of their veggie diet.
8) Sea turtles are super-strong swimmers, they propel through the water using their strong paddle-like flippers. While these awesome animals like to cruise along at around 3km/h, they can reach speeds of 35km/h if threatened!
9) A turtle’s shell is actually part of its skeleton, which is made up of over 50 bones that include the turtle’s rib cage and spine.
10) These cold-blooded creatures become sexually mature at around 20-30 years old, but often die before they reach 50 years old due to predation and no pension scheme. They do; however, enter the property ladder quite early, with their shells forming within the first 30 days of life.