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You may know that turtles are not amphibians, they are air-breathing reptiles with lungs, which means they must come up for air every so often. But did you realize that they are world-class breath-holders?

An active turtle that is doing a lot of swimming and grazing may need to pop up every ten minutes to a half hour, but when they tuck under a ledge and nap, they can stay submerged for six hours or more.

While most sea turtles stay in the 6m-24m range, they are capable of diving to depths of 150m. Turtles at Wakatobi are found on almost all the reefs, particularly on the House Reef, Turkey Beach and Tanjung Patok.

Photo credit: Chris Gloor

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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