Sea Turtles

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Discipline:
Science
Subject:
Zoology
Grade:
6

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Sea Turtles

-Some turtles live to 100.- Turtles can mistake plastic for food and eat it, then choke.

Turtle Nesting

Migration

Life Cycle of A Sea TurtleThe sea turtle life cycle starts when a female lays its eggs on a nesting beach, usually in the tropics. From six weeks to two months later (depending on the species), a tiny hatchling makes its way to the surface of the sand and heads to the water, dodging every predator imaginable.

Ten to fifty years after hatching (depending on the species), adult sea turtles reach sexual maturity and are able to mate. Once they reach sexual maturity they will migrate to beaches around the world to nest. Only females will come ashore to lay eggs, generally in the area where they were born. Most species will nest several times during a nesting season every 2-4 years over the course of their lifetime.

"The Lost Years"From the time the hatchlings take their first swim until they return to coastal waters to forage as juveniles may be as long as a decade. This period of time is often referred to as the "lost years" since following sea turtles movements during this phase is difficult and their whereabouts are often unknown.

Baby Turtles

Sea Turtles


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