sea turtle


Definition of sea turtle 

: any of two families (Cheloniidae and Dermochelyidae) of widely distributed marine turtles that have the feet modified into paddles and that include the green turtle, leatherback, hawksbill, loggerhead, and ridley

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The red tide began last October off southwest Florida after Hurricane Irma swept up the state, killing massive numbers of fish, along with scores of sea turtles and the state’s beloved manatees. Jennifer Kay, The Seattle Times, "Experts: Hurricane Michael failed to end Florida’s red tide," 15 Oct. 2018 In addition to creatures such as fish, sea turtles and manatees being impacted, larger marine life, such as whale sharks are also at risk. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES: Dead fish, turtles, manatees wash up on southwest Florida beaches," 3 Aug. 2018 Keep an eye out for sea turtles and their nests (common in the summer) along local beaches, most of which are run by the National Park Service as part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 20 Best Small Towns To Visit in 2018," 5 June 2018 The 10-course tasting menu is a paean to the seasons: baby sweetfish the size of your pinky in summer, deep-fried croquettes made with sea turtle and lotus root in winter. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, "34 Best Restaurants in Tokyo," 2 Mar. 2018 Green sea turtles are found in tropical and temperate waters around the world from South Africa to the Galapagos and from Japan to parts of Canada. National Geographic, "Searching for Elusive Green Sea Turtles in the Persian Gulf," 16 June 2018 Advertisement The South Carolina Aquarium recently rehabilitated a sea turtle who had ingested latex. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "'Plastic-free' town congratulates itself with a banner. A plastic banner," 13 June 2018 Far from being carefree, sea turtles across the globe are heavily burdened by debilitating soft-tissue tumors. Jessica Alice Farrell, Smithsonian, "Should We Share Human Cancer Treatments With Tumorous Turtles?," 11 July 2018 The hatchery, 30 feet long, is built in the shape of a giant green sea turtle. New York Times, "Saving Turtles in Bali, Egg by Precious Egg," 7 July 2018

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1612, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sea turtle

: a type of large turtle that lives in the sea

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