Sea turtles have inhabited the earth's waters for millions of years. Sea turtles are reptiles, meaning they have scales and a bony shell, are cold-blooded, breathe air, and lay eggs on land. Sea turtles live for long periods of time but scientists are not certain of their life spans as sea turtles can outlive the scientists.
Currently, five of the eight recognized species of sea turtle can be found in the waters surrounding Florida. The Leatherback, Green, Hawksbill, Loggerhead, and Kemp's Ridley can be found surrounding Florida all can be assigned as either threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.