Sea Turtles

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Sea Turtles

Sea turtles are herbivores*. They eat seagrass & algea.

By: Rebecca Thompson

Sea turtles are part of marine ecosystems, more specifically sea grass ecosystems.

Sea turtles are consumers*.

~Sea Turtles Niche~Sea turtles are marine animals. Unlike other marine organisms they have lungs and require oxygen to breathe. Every three hours they return to the surface for fresh oxygen.

Another contribution to the population of sea turtles is a disease known as, "Fibropapillomatosis." This disease is caused by tumors. In 2000, about 90% of sea turtles had been affected by the disease.

Leatherback sea turtles are one of the world's most critically endangered* species. Green sea turtles, probably a more popularly well-known sea turtle species, are also listed as endangered. Other endangered species are the hawksbill, kemp's ridley, olive ridley, & loggerhead sea turtles.


"Sea turtles are currently endangered!"

Herbivores* are organisms that eat plants (Vegetarians). Consumers* rely on others for food since they cannot make thier own.

An animal's niche* is the behavior & role it plays in it's ecosystem.Sea turtles are endangered.* Endangered* means threatened with extinction.

Leatherback Sea Turtle

Sea turtles are endangered because of excessive hunting. Sea turtles are hunted for their meat and eggs. They commonly are accidently caught by fishermen. This has become a huge problem for all sea animals.

Other major threats to leatherback sea turtles are disturbance of their nesting sites and water pollution.

"Did you know?... Leatherback sea turtles have been around for more than 150 million years!"

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