Mature turtles may migrate thousands of miles to reach breeding sites.

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Instead, it bears a mosaic of bony plates beneath its leathery skin.

In general, sea turtles have a more fusiform body plan than their terrestrial or freshwater counterparts.

All species except the leatherback are in the family Cheloniidae.

The leatherback is the only extant member of the family Dermochelyidae.

Different species of sea turtles exhibit various levels of philopatry.

In the extreme case, females return to the beach where they hatched.

Other pleurodires are also thought to have lived at sea, such as Araripemys.

Sea turtles can be found in oceans except for the polar regions.

Other species are smaller, being mostly 60–120 cm (2–4 ft) and proportionally narrower.

Sea turtles, along with other turtles and tortoises, are part of the order Testudines.

Sea turtles are able to grow so large because of the immense size of their habitat: the ocean.