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

Examples of sea turtle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the majority of the sea turtles found during the winter storm were already dead, those that survived wouldn't have if not for the rescuers, said Barbara Schroeder, NOAA’s national sea turtle coordinator. Jamie Stengle, ajc, "About 4,300 cold-stunned turtles survived the Texas freeze," 25 Mar. 2021 After observing sea turtle navigation using 3-D tracking tags, University of Tokyo researchers suspect that green sea turtles may be circling to navigate through vast oceans, reports Tara Yarlagadda for Inverse. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, "Researchers Are Investigating Why Marine Animals Swim in Perplexing Circles," 22 Mar. 2021 The property's dozen or so employees, and a passionate sea turtle conservationist who takes care of its hatchery, live on site. Katie Jackson, Travel + Leisure, "How Going on a Yoga Retreat During the Pandemic Taught Me to Breathe Again," 21 Mar. 2021 Those who have found sea turtles are encouraged to call the organization's emergency sea turtle line at 956-243-4361. Maria Morava And Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Thousands of turtles have been rescued from freezing waters in Texas," 18 Feb. 2021 In Corpus Christi, Texas Sealife Center is celebrating the successful release of approximately 300 of their cold-stunned sea turtle patients. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Thousands of Rescued Sea Turtles Returned to Ocean Following Winter Storm in Texas," 24 Feb. 2021 TPWD Coastal Fisheries Biologists and Texas Game Wardens have assisted in multiple sea turtle rescue operations since Feb. 14 near the Brownsville Ship Channel, as well as near Matagorda Bay. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, "Winter weather impacts fish, sea turtles, other wildlife along Texas coasts," 18 Feb. 2021 Scientists at the National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung, Taiwan found evidence that more sea turtle eggs survive when an apex predator comes to eat other would-be egg eaters. Sara Tabin, Forbes, "More Predators Might Be Better For Turtle Eggs, Study Suggests," 5 Mar. 2021 In just the past few years, scientists have discovered that several types of sea turtle shells, fungi, and flying squirrels are biofluorescent. National Geographic, "We knew platypuses were incredible. Now we know they glow, too," 11 Nov. 2020

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1612, in the meaning defined above

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31 Mar 2021

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“Sea turtle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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