Green and loggerhead turtle on a shallow reef

Off the coast of Klein Bonaire, we were doing some guided snorkel dives. During one of the dives, we found two species of turtles close to each other. The green turtle was graciously swimming past us, while the loggerhead turtle was a few metres below resting on the seabed. I found it quite interesting to see the difference between the two. You immediately note they’re NOT the same, but to recognize the features differentiating them is difficult. I trained myself before on how to tell turtles apart (see my post on shell and identification here) and took another look at the photo’s when we got home. Can you tell the species apart?

Green turtle
Loggerhead turtle up close
Green turtle as seen from above
Loggerhead turtle in the deep (don’t mind my editing skills)

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