GD Animal of the Week: Baby sea turtles race to the ocean!

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Fascinating turtle facts plus a must-see turtle video…

Whether you stay at home or vacation at the beach this summer, be on the lookout for turtles as they make their way out of their natural aquatic habitats to lay their eggs on dry land.

Nesting season for turtles roughly spans from March through November with slight variation based on species and location.

Sea turtles and freshwater turtles alike will make this journey to lay their eggs—so keep an eye out for turtles crossing roads if you live by bodies of water! Read on for more about these wonderful creatures… and don’t miss the amazing baby sea turtle video!
baby turtle flower

Six Facts about Turtles:

  • Several species of turtles can live to be over 100 years old!
  • 60 different bones make up the turtle’s shell–their shells also have nerve endings
  • Turtles have great eyesight and sense of smell
  • You can find turtles on every continent except Antarctica!
  • Turtles are one of the oldest reptile species on the planet and are almost as old as the dinosaurs–probably thanks to their unique shell!
  • Turtles lack ears and vocal chords, but they still manage to detect sound and make noises

Catch some wildlife in action and check out this video of baby sea turtles making their way to the ocean for the first time!

 

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Learn ways to help save the ocean and protect sea turtles and other wildlife in the sea!

Sources:
www.animalplanet.com
drsfostersmith.com

About the author / 

Green Diva Amanda

Amanda is a Junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Environmental Studies. Since taking an Environmental Science class in high school, she has been interested in and passionate about all issues green. As a lover of wildlife and the outdoors, she also works as a Seasonal Park Ranger in her home state of New Jersey during the summer. Amanda is excited to be a part of the GD team as a Green Diva in Training.

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  1. Rissyswiss02@comcast.net'
    Marisa July 1, 2014 at 6:19 pm -  Reply

    Awesome article! I’ll certainly be keeping my eyes peeled for these little guys now! Loved the video

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