A sea turtle life cycle begins as soon as the female lays her eggs in the sand on the coast. For about 6 to 8 weeks, the eggs develop into a baby sea turtle. The babies then make their way into the ocean where they can spend a decade in the ocean, this is often referred as the lost years because their movements are often hard to track. After the lost years, the mature sea turtles then return to the coasts to forage and continue to mature. They are about the size of a dinner plate at this point.
It is estimated that sea turtles can live for a century! They endure all kinds of challenges, predators and such are constantly causing deaths for some, but fortunatly for others the circle of life continues. They mate, and lay eggs on the coasts and once again a new life cycle begins.
Sea turtles are given legal protection in the US, because they are on the endangered list. This means that without protection the sea turtle would easily become extinct. In the US, it is illegal to harm, harass or kill any sea turtle, hatchlings, or their eggs. Sea turtles and their eggs are also protected in Panama and Cost Rica.