San Diego has a very small, roughly 60, population of Eastern Pacific green turtles, also known as Black turtles. There reason for calling San Diego home is a bit of a mystery but many believe they are escapees from a cannery for turtle meat that use to exist here years and year ago. These turtles then migrate back south to Mexican waters to nest every 2-3 years.
The majority of the San Diego population has lived around the South Bay Power Plant in San Diego Bay. There they have been able to take advantage of warmer effluent water being released known as the "jacuzzi." The power plant has been decommissioned and the group of turtles have taken on a larger range.
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