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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Now, in addition to learning about sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays, jellyfish and more, a trip through the Caribbean Journey showcases flamingos, tropical birds, two sloths, a green iguana and a variety of sea creatures. San Antonio Express-News, "Your best bets for attractions all around Texas," 12 June 2018 Drawing more than half a million visitors a year, the aquarium features live exhibits, multimedia displays, a shark and ray touch pool, sea turtles, moon jellies, otters and seals, along with many other exhibits. Sarah Wesley Lemire,, "Five Connecticut Shoreline Destinations: All You Need To Know," 15 May 2018 Officials say leatherback sea turtles, which are the world's largest turtles, have appeared in South Carolina waters. Fox News, "World's largest sea turtles seen in South Carolina waters," 26 Apr. 2018 This indiscriminate method catches not only the sought-after tuna but also creatures such as sea turtles, marine birds, sharks, and other animals. Kelsie Gray, Good Housekeeping, "4 Canned Fish You Should Avoid At All Costs," 1 June 2016 Certain beach mats are even installed with specific configurations to help minimize any interference in the return of sea turtle hatchlings to the sea. Sylvia Longmire,, "Final straw for wheelchair users: BYOS or you’re out of luck," 10 July 2018 The push gained traction after a viral video in 2015 showed rescuers removing a straw from a sea turtle's nose in graphic detail. NBC News, "Starbucks says it will stop offering plastic straws by 2020," 9 July 2018 Viral videos – including one depicting researchers extracting a plastic straw from a sea turtle's bleeding nostril -- is prompting some companies and municipalities to find ocean-friendlier alternatives. CBS News, "Starbucks plans to stop offering plastic straws by 2020," 9 July 2018 The zoo, which this year removed single-use plastic straws from all its concession stands, is concerned about the harm plastic straws can do to sea turtles and other marine life. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Zoo partnering with local bars on new straw initiative," 13 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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