Key West Sea Turtles

Beneath the aqua blue waters in beautiful Key West, Florida live some of the most amazing animals on the plant. Loggerhead turtles are considered a link to prehistoric times and are regal in their appearance and grace while swimming. Green turtles, who get their name from their green body fat, can also be seen gliding through the waters in Southern Florida. A Key West snorkel may allow you to come across a Leatherback sea turtle around the coral reef and you will have encountered the largest species of sea turtle in the area. The Hawksbill and Kemp's ridley turtles are the smallest sea turtle and because they are nearly extinct are rarely seen by sea turtle enthusiasts on their underwater adventures.

Key West snorkeling offers an exceptional opportunity to view the majestic sea turtles in their natural habitat. Although, if you are planning to try to get up close to one of these creatures, you will probably be disappointed. Many of the sea turtles can cruise through the ocean waters at 25 miles per hour and will quickly out run even the best swimmers. Although you will be able to see them in the distance and you enjoy the graceful movements of these stunning swimmers.

Five out the seven species of sea turtle can be found while snorkeling. Since many of these animals are on the endangered list, catching a glimpse of a Loggerhead or Hawksbill sea turtle will be an amazing experience. Once you have recognized the beauty of these astonishing animals, you will be convinced to do your part to help protect this exquisite underwater friend.