Sea turtles are ancient creatures. They have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. There are seven species of sea turtles. The reptiles spend most of their life underwater. Ready to learn more? Keep reading.
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A sea turtle’s eyes are like swimming goggles. They help the turtle see clearly underwater.
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Sea turtles have smooth shells. This makes it easy for them to swim. Do you see a pattern on this shell?
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Sea turtles don’t have teeth. But their sharp jaws slice through food. Sea turtles like to eat jellyfish, crabs, seagrass, and algae. This turtle is about to eat a jellyfish.
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Female sea turtles lay eggs in the sand. The eggs hatch. Baby sea turtles are born. They head toward the ocean.
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Plastic litter is harmful to sea turtles. Plastic bags can look like jellyfish. Turtles think they are food. (Don’t worry! A jellyfish is shown here.)