Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History
OLIVE RIDLEY TURTLES (Lepidochelys olivacea)
- are famous for their regular nesting on Indian beaches in enormous
groups called "arribadas". Beginning around February or March, tens
of thousands of these turtles may nest on a single beach in just a
few days, though large numbers also perish in offshore fishing nets
HAWKBILL TURTLES (Eretmochelys imbracate)
are known for their attractive shell, have a distinct parrot-like
beak which helps them eat tough poisonous sponges, helping to keep
coral reefs healthy.
LOGGERHEAD TURTLES (Caretta caretta)
- can crush enormous mollusks with their powerful jaws. Preferring
temperate waters, they can travel impressive distances, even
crossing the 12,000 km-wide Pacific Ocean.
LEATHERBACK TURTLES (Dermochelys coriacea)
- are the largest of the marine turtles, growing to nearly a ton.
They have tough, rubbery skin instead of a hard shell, allowing them
to dive great depths.
GREEN TURTLES (Chelonia mydas)
- are widespread, preferring tropical and sub-tropical waters. Named
after the green color of their body fat, they feed on algae and sea
grass very efficiently.