National Geographic : 1922 Jan
GREEN TURTLE (Chelonia mydas) [upper]; HAWKSBILL TURTLE (Eretmochelys imbricata) [lower] The Green Turtle is most highly prized as food, having no equal among the Sea Turtles. It reaches a weight of seven hundred pounds ormore, but has an average weight of fifty pounds. It is herbivorous, feeding on marine plants, especially Turtle Grass (Zostera marina). Itisfound inthe West Indies, off the coast of Florida, Bermuda, Ascension Island, Mosquito Coast, the Bahamas, and Brazil. The Hawksbill Turtle furnishes the tortoise-shell of commerce, hence its high economic value. Great quantities ofitsshell come from the West Indies annually. The flesh is not so highly esteemed as that of the Green Turtle. It has an average weight ofthirty toforty pounds, but two hundred pound specimens have been taken. It lives on fish, crustaceans, and mollusks, among coral reefs of Florida and Bermuda, the Gulf ofMexico, asfar south asBrazil.