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Turtles in the Gulf of Siam
Turtles can be found in all tropical and many temperate regions of the world. Most of them are land based; only a few species are amphibian animals. Out of those some live in the water for only part of their life while others are so much adapted to the wet element that they spend all their life in the water. While the first ones are mostly living in freshwater the latter ones are exclusively found in seawater.
Altogether 5 species
with a few subspecies have survived through the million years from their
first recorded appearance on earth in the mesozoic era. All prefer the
tropical oceans, but in some cases they are drifted in the cooler regions
outside their usual habitat, like the Leatherback Turtle that was caught
alive in the Baltic Sea in 1965 weighing 450 kilogrammes.
This is one of the burdensome works in the life of a female turtle, as their massive body and their legs are not built for walking on the land and in the dry and hot air. When darkness falls and the air cools down she will come out of the water dragging the heavy body merely by using the front legs across the sand to a suitable place. Here she begins to dig a pear-shaped hole with her rear legs in which she drops the eggs. After she filled the hole with sand she returns to the water. This procedure often takes the whole night. Is a turtle being disturbed by noise, light or other animals (including man) she might return to the water without laying their eggs and will try a nearby place during the next nights. It is believed that only 1 in a 1000 baby turtle will reach maturity and come back to lay their eggs!