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The Green Sea Turtle
Transcript of The Green Sea Turtle
The Green Turtle's habitat
What is being done, why was it set up?
WWF- Founders: Julian Huxley, Edward Max Nicholson, Peter Scott, Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
The recovery project for the green sea turtle
Some photos and interview
These organisations help when the turtles environment changes or is under threat.
They monitor the migration patterns of the turtles
They protect nesting sites.
They support smart fishing which helps stop turtles being caught in nets accidentally
Green turtles are a greenish yellow colour. Their shell is oval when viewed from above, and the head is relatively small and they cannot retract their heads into their shell like some turtles.
From 80 to 150cm in length and up to 300kg in weight.
Like all turtles,they are very slow on land but travel in water at speeds up 56kmph
Females only lay eggs every 2-4 years but they lay between 100-200 at a time
When they are young they eat just about anything e.g Plant matter, squid, crab, jellyfish and other small sea creatures. They sometimes eat plastic bags mistaking them for jellyfish.
As adults they usually eat plant matter e.g sea grasses and algae.
Predators : Foxes, weasels, cats, dogs, raccoons, crabs and more, eat
eggs and hatchlings . Sharks and other large fishes prey on juveniles and adults.
Food chain – What eats them and what they eat
Why are they endangered?
Green turtles are still hunted for their shells, eggs and meat in many countries but the biggest issue is fishing boats that catch them accidentally. We are also slowly destroying their nesting areas by building houses on beach areas.
Sea turtles have adapted to their environment by:
They can hold their breath for up to 5hrs to find food at the bottom of the ocean
They can dive really deep up to 300 meters
They have glands in their eyes to get rid of anything unwanted such as salt and sand. This makes it look like they are crying
Over time their shell has developed to allow them to swim really fast. However this has stopped them retracting their heads into the shell like other turtles.
Day to day things that they actually do
WWF are stopping people taking the green sea turtles out of the country or anywhere they don't belong to stop illegal trades for meat or eggs. They do this by training the locals to patrol turtle nesting beaches and protect against poaching.
A species whose numbers are so small that the species is at risk of extinction
species bought to a location without the help of humans. By the wind, wave, and or birds.
Green sea turtles move across three habitat types, depending on their life stage. They lay eggs on beaches. Mature turtles spend most of their time in shallow, coastal waters with seagrass beds. Adults mostly live close to the shore and lagoons with lots of seagrass. They mostly live in tropical waters where the temperature is between 20-29c.
Found only in that country