sea turtle

noun

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 organization added that the two-headed baby sea turtle was found during nest inventory. Fox News, "Two-headed turtle spotted on South Carolina beach: 'We thought we had seen it all'," 30 Aug. 2019 Kelly Sloan, Katie Goulder, and Jack Brzoza of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation carry a dead loggerhead sea turtle from the beach in July 2018. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Frightening Spread of Toxic Algae," 28 Aug. 2019 An anonymous tip to Texas Game Wardens uncovered multiple people who were catching, killing and filleting endangered sea turtles on South Padre Island, officials said. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "GRAPHIC PHOTOS: Suspects killed and filleted endangered species of turtles, officials say," 26 Aug. 2019 The Sargasso Sea takes its name from sargassum, a free-floating golden brown seaweed that is a haven for hatchling sea turtles and hundreds of other marine species who use it to feed, grow and hide from predators. Arwa Damon, CNN, "Microplastics discovered in 'extreme' concentrations in the North Atlantic," 19 Aug. 2019 And yet, millions of marauding wild pigs have invaded large swaths of the southern U.S., eviscerating crops, gobbling up endangered sea turtles and trampling archaeological sites in a rampage showing no signs of letting up. Alex Horton, Twin Cities, "Alex Horton: Think 30-50 feral hogs is a joke? Millions are rampaging across the country.," 8 Aug. 2019 And yet, millions of marauding wild pigs have invaded large swaths of the southern U.S., eviscerating crops, gobbling up endangered sea turtles and trampling archaeological sites in a rampage showing no signs of letting up. oregonlive.com, "Think 30-50 feral hogs is a joke? Millions more are rampaging across the country.," 6 Aug. 2019 All of these options are way better than sipping on something that can get stuck in a poor sea turtle’s nostril, and way betting than picking paper strands off your tongue hours after enjoying a liquid treat. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "How To Cut Down On Single-Use Plastics Before They're Banned," 18 June 2019 These can be somewhat effective, but also endanger sea turtles and other creatures who can get caught up in nets. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Beachgoers in the US have real-life Jaws to fear," 2 June 2019

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1612, in the meaning defined above

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sea turtle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sea turtle

: a type of large turtle that lives in the sea

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