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Recently, I was very lucky to stay out overnight on the Great Barrier Reef on a diving tour. We went to 6 different reefs, the most impressive being Thetford Reef.

Waking up very early one morning, I was the first to get into the water. This beautiful little Green Sea Turtle was my only companion. She let me swim with her for about 15 minutes.

I named her Bev, because every Bev I know is sweet, gentle and beautiful. I could tell she was a female because of the size of her tail. Male sea turtles have a much larger, longer tail.

Sea turtles can grow up to 5 feet in length, up to 200 kilograms and live to an age of about 80 years. They swim at about 3 kilometres an hour and eat mostly kelp and algae. They are an endangered species and are protected here in Australia.

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