Swim into Sea Turtle Week

Sea turtles are a key part of marine ecosystems worldwide but face many threats today. NOAA works to protect and conserve six sea turtle species found in U.S. waters. All are threatened or endangered.

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A loggerhead turtle swims through bright blue water. The surface is barely visible at the top of the frame. A loggerhead sea turtle swimming in a deep blue open ocean. Credit: Adobe Stock
An infographic titled "Totoaba" with a large brown fish in the middle and a timeline at the bottom of the page. A timeline of one totoaba specimen’s journey from the illegal wildlife trade to its final resting place as part of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Fish Collection. Credit: Sandra Graubard/NOAA Fisheries
A turtle with a tracker installed The Aquarium of the Pacific released a green sea turtle in May 2024 after months of care and rehabilitation at its facility. Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific, taken under Fish and Wildlife Service Permit #: FWS/R8/ES/SeaTurtle/DesignatedAgentLetter 5/3/24.
sea turtle biologist on the beach Alphina Liusamoa at Rose Atoll attempting to encourage the frigate bird to land on the rake. Credit: Brain Peck
A responder rescues a cold-stunned sea turtle from a Cape Cod beach. A responder rescues a cold-stunned sea turtle from a Cape Cod beach. Photo courtesy of Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay.
An aerial photograph showing a boat and 3 small toy turtles circled in red in the water. These toy sea turtles, circled in red, were photographed using a drone flying at 128 feet altitude. Credit: NOAA Fisheries