Monday, November 29, 2010

FUN ACTIVITY PAGE

FUN COLORING PAGE

A FUN COLORING PAGE!





MORE SEA TURTLES OF FLORIDA

Another endangered sea turtle of Florida is the Green sea turtle.  This  sea turtle is unique because their body fat is green and that is the reason they are called green sea turtles.

Green sea turtles also differ from other sea turtles because when they are young, they eat meat.  As adults they are the only species of sea turtles that eat sea grass and seaweed.  Green sea turtles lays around 2,600 nests every year on Florida's sandy beaches.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

THE MOST ENDANGERED SEA TURTLE IN THE WORLD

Did you know Florida is home to the most endangered sea turtle in the world?   The Kemp’s Ridley return each year to a single beach to lay her eggs.  Some travel as far away as the coast of Ireland.  The Kemp's Ridley turtle feeds on mollusks, crustaceans, jellyfish, algae or seaweed, and sea urchins . Unfortunately,  due to bottom line fishing many sea turtles never live long enough to reach full maturity.
Bottom line fishing is a commercial fishing method in which a mainline is rigged and dragged behind a trolling vessel.  Fishermen use this technique to catch deep-diving fish such as halibut.  Fishermen are able to catch vast quantities of seafood in an efficient way.   This way of fishing is definitely very profitable, but deadly for sea turtles.  Sea turtles often become ensnared in the long lines.
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

LINKS TO FUN SEA TURTLE ACTIVITIES

Here some great links for fun sea turtle activities.  Have fun  http://www.seaturtleinc.org/kidsactivitypages.html

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/turtle_coloring_pages.htm

http://homeschooling.about.com/od/freeprintables/ss/seaturtleprint.htm

SEA TURTLE MANGLED BY BOAT PROPELLER

The science channel featured a story about a sea turtle that was mangled by a boat propeller.  The turtle has had it's shell partially replaced by a plexiglas one.  After three years of therapy is being  released today.  Sea turtles are in constant danger, it is heart warming that the sea turtle was nursed back to health.  Unfortunately many turtles encounter an early death due to these types of situations.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

FACTS ABOUT SEA TURTLES




THE LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE- This turtle is the largest of all sea turtle species. The loggerhead turtle experienced a 40 percent decline in nesting population the last 10 years. They are listed under the Endangered Species Act.  Depending on the species, sea turtles may be carnivorous (meat eating), herbivorous (plant eating), or omnivorous (eating both meat and plants). The jaw structure of many species is adapted for their diet.
Loggerheads' jaws are adapted for crushing and grinding. Their diet consists primarily of crabs, mollusks, shrimps, jellyfish, and vegetation.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

NEW BOOK REVIEW FOR MARIE AND HER FRIEND THE SEA TURTLE


Sunday, November 14, 2010
I love books that are both educational and fun for the twins. Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle is a book written in three languages, to help expose children to learning new languages early on. Nicole Weaver, the author of this book, is a veteran teacher of French and Spanish at the middle school and high school level, which is why she wanted to create a book in all three languages.
My Take
This book is captivating with colorful illustrations and a moving plot. It's about a young girl named Marie who strikes up a brief friendship with a sea turtle who needs help getting back to the sea, but her parents have other plans for the turtle. Can Marie save the sea turtle?? You'll just have to read the book to find out!

Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle is a great book for kids who are about 9-12 as some of the words can be difficult to pronounce (but if an adult is reading then it's great for all ages). I would highly recommend getting this book for your child!

Cost: You can buy Marie and her Friend the Sea Turtle for $13.45 on Amazon.com. ($$$$)

Overall: We give Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle a 9/10!

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

MOTHER TURTLE LAYS 209 EGGS-SEE YOU TUBE VIDEO ABOVE

I am so amazed with how the mother turtle comes to land , lays her eggs and then returns back to the ocean.  The interesting thing, the mother turtle comes to the same shore to lay her eggs year after year.
Her eggs  later hatches into baby turtles.  The baby turtles find their way home back to the ocean.  The male turtle does not return to shore, but the female returns to the same shore where she was born after more than twenty years in the sea.  She waits until nightime, when the tide is high to come to land.  She digs a hole for her body and a very deep chamber for her eggs. 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

SEA TURTLES-THE ENDANGERED REPTILE

SEA TURTLES-THE ENDANGERED REPTILE:
The mother turtle  leaves the ocean and comes to land to lay her eggs. Many things can go wrong when these reptiles venture out to land.   Some people take the turtles eat their meat and use their shells to make jewelry.  Others take the eggs and eat them.  In some cases, the eggs may be eaten by dogs, raccoons, snakes, crabs and sea birds.
It is not unusual for sea turtles to get caught in fishing nets. It has been reported that because of so many debris in the ocean many sea turtles suffer an early death when they  consume things like plastic or other thrash thrown in the ocean.
Another major threat to the survival of sea turtles are the many homes, resorts and hotels that are being built near nesting sites.  After babies hatch instead of crawling to the ocean, they  crawl in the direction of the bright lights that comes from the homes, hotels and resorts . 
Now there are laws set in place to protect sea turtles and their eggs. Hopefully with the new laws, fewer sea turtles will die which can help increase the number of turtles in the sea.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP SEA TURTLES:
The simplest way to help sea turtles is to not throw balloons and other trash in the ocean.  You can also tell friends and family that sea turtles are important to our environment.  You can help raise awareness by doing a report on sea turtles and present the report to classmates.  All of these simple things can add up and make a big difference in helping to protect sea turtles from extinction.
HELPFUL SITES YOU CAN VISIT FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Sea Turtle Conservancy: http://www.conserveturtles.org