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Sea Turtle Lesson Plan

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Kali Cerroni

on 29 April 2012

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Transcript of Sea Turtle Lesson Plan

Click anywhere & add an idea Mother sea turtles come to shore one to two times a year to lay eggs. Then she creates an egg cavity using her back flippers as shovels. In the cavity she will lay anywhere between 80- 120 eggs. After the mother lays her babies, she covers the “body pit” up with sand. If the eggs are not eaten by predators, which are mainly stray dogs and raccoons they will hatch in about 50-70 days. The baby sea turtles hatch out of their eggs by themselves. They have a temporary small tooth that rips through the egg. This tooth falls off soon after birth. As a group the sea turtles dig out of the “body pit,” this happens at night or during a rainstorm because the temperature is cooler. After they leave the hole they follow the light from the moon that reflects off the water to find the ocean. Once they get to the ocean they never stay in one place. Sea turtles are known to travel hundreds of miles. This is easy for them because of their large flippers. They travel so much to find food and warm waters. Sea turtles do not have teeth. Jellyfish Seaweed Snails Algae Sponges Crabs Mollusks Shrimp Even though they send almost all of their life in water, they still breathe air. They usually come to the surface of the water once every five hours for one breathe of air. The mother crawls to a dry spot on the beach and begins to use her large flippers to fling away loose sand. By continuing to rotate and dig with her flippers she creates a “body pit.” They have jaws that are like beaks so they can eat....
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