Ellie Berg, Period 1, May 16 2016
The sea turtle lives in warm open waters and coasts all over the world other than the arctic circle because it is too cold. Some sea turtles like to live near the coasts in shallow water so that they can burrow into the sand. They also swim out into the deep oceans as well. They are born on land, but quickly move to the sea and spend most of the rest of their lives in the sea. Sea turtles hunt for food in coral reefs and other similar places. The sea turtles are endangered. Their habitats are being destroyed and their nesting sites being destroyed as well by climate change.
When sea turtles are born, they move quickly from their nests on the land into the water using their flippers to move them. “Most sea turtles migrate between foraging and nesting grounds, and seasonally to warmer waters. Often these migrations take them hundreds and even thousands of miles.” (Oceanic Society 1). They move through the water with their strong flippers. Their speed can reach up to 35 miles per hour. Although they swim and spend a lot of time underwater, they have lungs and go up to the surface to get oxygen through their mouths and nostrils. They can be under the ocean for up to two hours without going up to the surface for oxygen. Even though they swim far, when the female is ready to lay her eggs, she almost always goes back to the nesting place and beach where she was born.
· They are 2 to 6 feet in length.
· They weigh 350 to 882 lbs
· Scientific name is cheloniidae
· There are seven different species of sea turtles
· Sea turtles are illegally poached
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