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How long have sea turtles been around?

While not every species faces the same daunting odds of survival experienced by a sea turtle, all life is subject to challenges. Particularly when viewed from the perspective of an individual, the likelihood of existence is bewilderingly slight. Discuss how such a condition affects the valuation of mature individual species (yourself included).

How many eggs are laid by a mother sea turtle, and what percentage never hatches?

Some animal species provide significant parental care for their offspring. Other animal species provide little to no parental care for their offspring. Discuss how these varied tactics are reflected in the number of offspring produced, particularly as concerns the investment of time and energy by the parent(s).

Approximately how many decades does it take a female sea turtle to reach the stage where she can return to the beach and nest herself?

Sea turtles face a considerable array of threats throughout the course of their journey to adulthood. Which presents a larger collective threat - predatory and environmental factors or human-caused negative impacts? To extend the exercise, try arguing both positions - using factors such as percentage impact, duration of effect, novelty of manifestation, and degree of mitigation possible through (human) intervention. Further yet, if you were challenged with creating a species recovery program for sea turtles, where would you focus your energies and efforts? Why?

Human influence on sea turtle populations has caused their survival rate to drop to nearly 1% from each nesting cycle. What factor contributes to this decline?

During their first few days of life, sea turtle hatchlings swim frantically out into the ocean, driven by instinct to seek shelter in:

Additional Resources for you to Explore

Discover what makes a sea turtle so wonderfully adapted for the marine environment, gain a greater appreciation for the challenges they face, follow efforts to rescue and protect sea turtles both domestically and internationally, and uncover what you can do to help celebrate and preserve these amazing marine animals as you explore Saving a Species: Sea Turtles.

Looking for a rich source of sea turtle information? Look no further than SeaWorld’s Sea Turtle InfoBook! Covering topics such as adaptations for a marine environment, habitat and distribution, diet and feeding habits, conservation issues, and more, this resource will prove a useful and interesting tool. (And if you’re looking for even more, there are a variety of topic-related classroom resources also available on the site.)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Office of Protected Resources is responsible for sea turtle management in U.S. waters. They maintain a useful online resource with species, conservation, and management references.

Offering stunning images of sea turtles and accompanying natural history briefs, National Geographic offers a beautiful and intriguing species resource.

Have a question about sea turtles? So do scientists! See what mysteries are of foremost interest to researchers as they are trying to better understand these ancient and imperiled species.

Scientists, policy makers, industry leaders, and citizens are actively seeking ways for humankind to move into a dramatically more balanced relationship with the ocean. Sylvia Earle – renowned ocean explorer – is one of the most important voices in this endeavor. Personally dedicated to globally growing meaningful commitments to ocean stewardship, she seeks to inspire and engage others to come together now so that we might make a difference for our planet’s blue heart.

David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square's worth of neon light displays from fish that live in the blackest depths of the ocean.

Ocean explorer Robert Ballard takes us on a mind-bending trip to hidden worlds underwater, where he and other researchers are finding unexpected life, resources, and even new mountains. He makes a case for serious exploration and mapping. Google Ocean, anyone?

SeaWorld is a powerful and dynamic force working to connect and inspire on behalf of marine life and marine environments. In addition to its own direct efforts, SeaWorld partners with and supports organizations around the world that are actively exploring, protecting, caring for, and inspiring on behalf of our One Ocean and the countless precious forms of life which depend on it. Find out more about what SeaWorld and its partners are doing on behalf of marine life (sea turtles included!) and how you might join in the effort.

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