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 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.
Green sea turtle foraging in the shallow waters off Kona, Hawai‘I Island. A green sea turtle swims in the waters off O’ahu, Hawaii. These turtles are herbivores, eating mostly seagrasses and algae. This diet gives their fat a greenish color (not their shells), which is where their name comes from. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Ali Bayless
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