Locality: South Carolina
Formation: Chandler Bridge
Length: 80 cm (2 feet 7 inches)
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This 28 million year old sea turtle is very similar to the modern loggerhead turtle, Caretta caretta, which is considered to be an endangered species. Carolinochelys would have probably preyed on jellyfish or other small prey inhabiting algal mats in the open ocean and on a number of bottom-dwelling invertebrates in shallow coastal waters, including sea urchins, gastropods, corals, sponges, crabs, and anemones.