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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Gulf of Change Greens are one of the most common of the seven global species of sea turtle. National Geographic, "Searching for Elusive Green Sea Turtles in the Persian Gulf," 16 June 2018 This preservation association rescues and rehabilitates sea turtles, pink dolphins, and the like. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Atins, a Hidden Paradise on the Northeast Coast of Brazil," 18 Jan. 2019 Some species, like sea turtles, might experience a warming climate much more radically. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Global Warming Could Make These Sea Turtles 98% Female," 27 Dec. 2018 Environmental concerns have been a major issue in the campaign because of an outbreak of blue-green algae and red tide, which produces toxic chemicals blamed for killing fish, sea turtles, dolphins and other animals. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Florida Senate Seat Becomes Year’s Most Expensive Race," 26 Oct. 2018 Expect sea turtles, colorful sponges, and maybe even a shark or two. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Green sea turtles, butterflyfish, parrotfish, tangs, eels and triggerfish thrive along the underwater lava rock ledge of Puu Kekaa — Black Rock. The Seattle Times, "Winter getaway: Stay and play in Kaanapali, Maui," 15 Aug. 2018 In an effort to protect sea turtles, ENV began looking into the possibility of an organized crime ring targeting them. National Geographic, "Turtle Trafficker Sentenced, But Suspected Mastermind Still Not Charged," 8 June 2018 Researchers believe this particular red tide occurrence — which has been building since last fall — is responsible for the deaths of at least 12 dolphins, more than 150 sea turtles, and a 26-foot whale shark, NPR reported. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Florida’s Red Tide is Killing Hundreds of Sea Animals," 16 Aug. 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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