Sea Turtles Sea turtles, air-breathing reptiles with streamlined bodies and large flippers, are well adapted to life in the marine environment. They inhabit tropical and subtropical ocean waters throughout the world. There are seven species of sea turtles; although sea turtles live most of their lives in the ocean, adult females must return to the beaches on land to lay their eggs. That’s why we need to protect their possible nesting areas as natural as we can, to not interrupt this cycle. There’s a huge effort from the local people of Holbox and international eco-corporations in charge of it, to protect the ecosystem and those beautiful species. There are many potential nesting beaches at the Mexican coasts of the Yucatan Peninsula where at least three of the seven species come to deposit their eggs, one of them is the Loggerhead, the most threatened specie because of its commercial value, and also because in this region it was part of the inhabitants diet. In the actuality there is more conscience about it and the government is working through some organizations to educate the population about the subject.