Baby Sea Turtles have countless predators both in an out of the water, including gulls, opossums, sharks, rats, and dolphins. A large percentage of the hatchlings will not make it to adulthood. Green Sea Turtles do not become sexually mature until they are at least twenty years old. They can live as long as eighty years.
Green Sea Turtles have seen a major population decline over the past 100 years. Egg harvesting, accidental capture by fishing, and disease have led to their decline. They are now currently protected by numerous agencies worldwide, and they are listed in Appendix I of CITES.