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Sea Turtles of Long Island Sound

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Vocabulary

  • Cold stunning – catatonic state when turtles get hit with cold water, 50 degrees and below.
  • Scutes – the scales on the back of the turtle.

Fun Facts

  • Turtles do not have teeth, they have a beak, made from keratin, like fingernails.
  • The algae inside the Green sea turtle makes its cartilage and fat green.
  • The Leatherback Turtle is the largest turtle in the world, weighing more than a smart car.
  • Long Island Sound has been host to 5 sea turtles; the Loggerhead, the Green Turtle, the Leatherback, Kemp’s Ridley and the Hawksbill.
  • Sea turtles migrate like birds.
  • Sea turtles often mistake small plastic bags for one of their favorite foods, jellyfish.
  • Sea Turtles sleep underwater by slowing their heart rate down for up to 5 hours.

 

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