Thursday, September 29, 2016

Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Prompt: Nadia, a character in "The View from Saturday"  wrote a report about sea turtles, and today you will plan your own report. Think about what species of sea turtle you would like to learn about and start your research. Review the steps of the writing process: 

The Writing Process
  • Pre-writing - Organize your ideas based on the type of writing.
  • First Draft - Write what comes to mind and don't worry about making it perfect.
  • Revising - Read your draft and add, cut, or change ideas; share your writing with someone to get feedback.
  • Editing (proofreading) - Carefully read through each line and correct grammar and misspelled words.
  • Final Draft/Publishing - Write or type a final version.

The Loggerhead Sea Turtle
By Caleb Gray

     The Loggerhead sea turtle is extremely interesting because we know so little about it. There are large chunks of their lives that we can’t study because we can’t track them that well.  There are seven species of sea turtle in the world. They are the Loggerhead, Green, Leatherback, Flatback, Olive Ridly, Hawksbill, and Kemps Ridly sea turtles. All of the species have amazing adaptions, which help them survive in their habitat.

     Loggerhead sea turtles have a very specific life cycle. They first break out from their egg, in a sandy mound on a beach in Florida.  Then they scurry across the beach to the ocean, unless eaten by crabs or hungry Sea Gulls.  They have an internal compass that guides them to the Gulf Steam into the Sargossa Sea or the Gulf of Mexico. There they spend twenty years, eating and developing.  When they old enough, they go back to the beach they were born on to lay eggs. After they lay their eggs, they leave their eggs and return to the ocean. 

     Loggerheads sea turtles habitat are different throughout their lifetime.  First, they start out on the beach, which is sandy and warm.  Then they go to the Gulf Stream in the ocean, which is warm, and fast moving current.  The habitat Sargossa Sea is still and mostly calm, covered with sargassum seaweed that provides shelter and food for many animals. 

     Loggerhead sea turtles have special adaptations help them to live in their habitat.  The beak sharp when it’s mature and is made to eat jellyfish and crack open the hardest of shells. The flippers are made to crawl on land and swim in the water.  The shell is  used to defend themselves against predators like a shield. These three important adaptations are what it needs to survive.
The Loggerheads are very interesting turtles to me.  The Loggerhead has a way of following magnetic waves, like an internal compass.  It starts out with an extremely soft shell and a very soft beak, so it’s easy to eat. Loggerheads bury their eggs in a mound, and they're young raise themselves. These are all reasons that we should try to protect the Loggerhead sea turtles. We can help them by trying to slow pollution, stopping boats from leaving oil all over the Sargossa Sea and leaving their nets out for the turtles to die in. 

Loggerhead Turtle

by Nikolas Gray

There are seven species of turtle the Olive Turtle, the Loggerhead Turtle, the Green turtle, the Leatherback turtle and a few others types of sea turtles. There were more sea turtles in the past but over time more natural disasters and human-made disasters keep happening and killing the turtles. Like loose fishing nets or loose fishing hooks, to over hunting the sea turtle fins or just plain dumping oil and trash in the ocean.  But there is hope for the sea turtles; scientists believe that if we start throwing away our trash in the garbage and recycling, we can slow pollution.

Every Loggerhead turtle starts off as an egg, buried in a mound of sand on the beaches of Florida. After forty to fifty days, they hatch and crawl to the ocean.  Their first 2 or 3 hours of life are rough (especially after they hatched) but the older they get, the less and fewer predators will eat them. A Loggerhead sea turtle can live up to 200 years.  During their life span, 80% of it is traveling back and forth from the Caribean Island to the beach, they were born on. 

A Loggerhead turtle's habitat is the Caribbean Islands or the beaches of Florida and sometimes you can find them in big coral reefs in the ocean. All turtles land or sea have cool adaptations that help them survive in their habitat. A Loggerhead turtles adaptations are its long neck, which helps it reach into places that it's body can't to help it catch prey.  Its strong beak, which helps it chomp the shells of Queen Conch and Jellyfish.  Its scales, help it push out the salt in the water from it's skin to keep their skin from drying out.  And their flippers they use to swim, and guiding their way through the water. 

  The Loggerhead turtle can also hold their breath for over 10 minutes when they are older,  but as a hatching, they can hold their breath for 3-4 minutes.  A Loggerhead turtle's diet is made up of sea plants  Jellyfish and Queen conch sea snails so they are considered omnivores. Omnivores are animals that eat both plants and meat. 

By learning more about The Loggerhead turtle, we can find ways to help  them and make sure they live on. It is important that their species live on so the food chain does not get disrupted.  Without the sea turtles, the animals they eat will become over-populated. They could ruin the food chain in the ocean. Having a healthy ocean is important because, without it we can't survive. 

1 comment:

Beth Ward said...

Great job Caleb and Nikolas. I learned a lot about turtles today. Thank you for sharing.