Sea Turtles Found in Japan

There are seven species of sea turtle in the world, and five of them can be seen in Japan.



The Loggerhead Turtle nests in Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and the Nansei Islands.



      



 



  



The Green Turtle nests in the Nansei and Ogasawara Islands.



The Hawksbill Turtle occasionally nests in the Ryukyu Archipelago.


  
The Leatherback and Olive Ridley Turtles do not nest in Japan, but they pass by Japan offshore.
The importance of Japan to sea turtles
Sea turtles are generally creatures of the tropics, and the importance of Japan to turtles was not previously realized. However, recent research has shown that Japan and its coast are essential to sea turtles.
First of all, regarding the Loggerhead, Southern Japan is the only Loggerhead breeding ground in the North Pacific. If this breeding ground is destroyed, the Loggerhead will disappear from the North Pacific.
To the Green Turtle and the Hawksbill, Japan is also valuable as a breeding ground, but that's not all. For these species, the Japanese coast is an important habitat while they grow to maturity. This is clear from the fact that there are many young Green Turtles and Hawksbills in the oceans around Japan.