Sea Turtle

Dive with sea turtles through the comfort of your own screen. The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’ video collection features various sea turtle species from across the country while highlighting specific species, research, and more.

Sea turtle point of view swimming towards a jellyfish.

The Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle

Did you know that there are sea turtles even in the cold waters of California's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary? Check out how researchers in the sanctuary and around the world are working to protect this magnificent endangered turtle -- and how you can help, too.

Sea turtle head close to sand with kelp floating in the water in front of and around it.

Honu (green sea turtle)

If you've visited Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, you might have been lucky enough to see a honu, or green sea turtle. Get to know these gentle creatures in our video!

Two sea turtles visiting a reef and one swimming away in the distance.

Turtle Cleaning Station

What's a turtle cleaning station? Check it out in our video and learn more here.

Two divers in wetsuits and masks working underwater to free a sea turtle from brown fishing nets.

Sea Turtle Rescue

Each year, an estimated 52 tons of derelict fishing gear and other debris washes up in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, threatening the pristine ecosystem and animals like Hawaiian monk seals and sea turtles. And each year, NOAA works to remove that debris. Check out our video to see how these intrepid divers and researchers freed a sea turtle from a fishing net.

A baby leatherback sea turtle on the sand approaching the water with greenery and mountains in the background.

Turtle Talk: Leatherback Sea Turtles

How big are leatherback sea turtles? How do they swim? Find this out and more in this video about leatherbacks in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Five sea turtles camouflaged on a barren reef.

Turtle versus Shark

Do sharks always rule the seas? Think again! In places like Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, it's not always predators that come out on top.

Baby sea turtle swimming towards the top of the surface in turquoise water.

Green Sea Turtles

Happy new year from Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument's green sea turtles!

An older sea turtle swimming close to the sand in the Florida Keys National MArine Sanctuary.

Sea Turtle tries to Steal Tools in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Sometimes members of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Buoy Team get to encounter wildlife on the job. No one expects a sea turtle to steal their tools, though!

A scuba diver diving with a sea turtle on a reef in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.

Sea Turtle Videos

There are five species of sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico, and two of them regularly visit Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary--the Hawksbill and the Loggerhead. Check out the link to view video highlights of sea turtles observed in the sanctuary, or released into the sanctuary following a rehabilitation period in Galveston, Texas.

A green sea turtle diving amongst a seagrass bed in La Jolla, California.

Green Sea Turtles

Green sea turtles like this one filmed by Trystan Snodgrass in La Jolla, California are highly migratory. They range throughout the Pacific Ocean and are found in many national marine sanctuaries, including Channel Islands!

A female researcher with brown hair holding a sea turtle with a tracker on its back.

The Keratin Connection: A Breakthrough in Sea Turtle Research

Tune into this podcast to hear from experts from very different backgrounds join forces to protect endangered sea turtles.

Sea turtle swimming head on with the front half of its body in view.

Exploring Solutions for Sea Turtle Bycatch

This Sea Turtle Week, we talk with Barbara Schroeder, National Sea Turtle Coordinator, about bycatch innovations that are helping sea turtles thrive and how we work with fishermen to reduce bycatch.

Left to right: A woman in a white shirt holding a baby sea turtle, a man in a blue shirt, red shorts and sunglasses.

Saving Sea Turtles

When fishers put out their trawl nets in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic, sea turtles often end up trapped in the nets unintentionally. If the turtles cannot escape, they will drown. This is a major threat to marine turtles and it is known as bycatch.

Left to right: Coral reef, scuba diver, sea turtle swimming underwater.

Endangered Ocean: Sea Turtles

Did you know that sea turtles have been living on planet Earth since the time of the dinosaurs - around 110 million years? There are seven different species of sea turtles, six of which–green, hawksbill, Kemp's ridley, leatherback, loggerhead, and the olive ridley–can be found throughout the ocean, in both warm and cool waters. The seventh species, the flatback, lives only in Australia.

A sea turtle swimming in very shallow water on a desolate coral reef.

Sea Turtle Video Library

Visit the NOAA Fisheries Sea Turtle Video Library to learn more about sea turtles, research being conducted to protect the species, fun facts, impacts they face, and much more.