Just the Facts: Sea Turtles

Just the Facts: Sea Turtles

  • Sea turtles are reptiles. They are cold-blooded.

  • Adult sea turtles can weigh from 150 – 1000 pounds!

  • Sea turtles can live up to 80 years.

  • They eat plants, jellyfish, shrimp, and clams.

  • Sea turtles swim and live alone. They eat and rest all day.

  • Sea turtles breathe air. They can stay underwater for five hours!

  • There are 7 kinds, or species, of sea turtles.

    • Flatback

    • Green

    • Hawksbill

    • Kemp’s Ridley

    • Leatherback

    • Loggerhead

    • Olive Ridley

    • All 7 types of sea turtle are “threatened” or “endangered.”

  • Green, Loggerhead, Leatherback, and Kemp’s Ridley turtles swim in the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Female turtles go back to the beach where they were born to lay their eggs.

  • The females dig a deep hole on the beach. They lay 100-120 eggs in the nest.

  • The eggs hatch after 55-80 days.

  • The baby turtles crawl FAST to the water.

  • Raccoons, ghost crabs, seagulls, and foxes like to eat baby turtles.

  • Scientists are worried about sea turtles becoming extinct.

  • Scientists are asking fishermen to help them protect turtles.

  • The scientists put a radio transmitter on the turtle’s shell. The radio sends out beeps. The beeps are tracked by a satellite. This tells the scientists where turtles are swimming.

Think About…

  • How do land and sea turtles look different? Why do you think they look so different?

  • Why is it hard to count how many sea turtles are in the oceans?

  • Why do you think that sea turtles are endangered?

  • What do people do to try to protect sea turtles?