What Do Bonaire’s Sea Turtles Eat?

 

Very young sea turtles have a varied diet, which becomes increasingly specialized as they mature.  Although you can occasionally see adult green turtles eating jellyfish, they are for the most part herbivores, grazing on sea grass and rooted algae. Hawksbills specialize in coral reef sponges. Loggerheads are carnivores, eating crabs, clams, snails, jelly-fish and other invertebrates. 

 

 

 

Green turtle grazing on seagrass - Robert van Dam


 

A hawksbill turtle eating a sponge and a loggerhead turtle eating a crab.