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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Recent Examples on the Web Plastic debris in the ocean can also become coated with algae and other marine microbes that produce a chemical scent, which sea turtles, seabirds, fish and other marine life associate with food. Shannon Brines, The Conversation, "Balloon releases have deadly consequences – we’re helping citizen scientists map them," 18 Mar. 2020 But one thing that's sill available to enjoy without fear of infection: These adorable photos of baby sea turtles, bears and other wildlife. Jay Cannon, USA TODAY, "Take a break from coronavirus news: The 12 adorable baby animal photos you need right now," 13 Mar. 2020 Unlike sea turtles, which return to the ocean after egg-laying, the female iguana’s work is not yet done. National Geographic, "Jamaican iguana," 3 Mar. 2020 In 2017, a few months after Hurricane Irma blew across lakes like Kissimmee and Okeechobee, hundreds of tons of dead fish, sea turtles, dolphins and manatees began washing up on Florida beaches. Bill Weir And Shelby Rose, CNN, "Florida's war on weeds is killing fish and supercharging red tide, opponents say," 7 Feb. 2020 Many sea turtles, whales, and seabirds travel thousands of miles in their migrations. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Marine parks need to move along with the animals they’re protecting," 21 Jan. 2020 Red tide killed thousands of tons of marine life including sea turtles, manatees and dolphins last year. NBC News, "Red tide returns in Florida leaving businesses worried about another economic hit," 18 Nov. 2019 Green sea turtles, which are a threatened species in North Carolina, only reproduce once every three to four years. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: Hurricane Dorian Exposed a Remarkable Sight on This Outer Banks Beach," 23 Sep. 2019 So, here are sea turtles, swirling in the sea in the Bahamas (above). National Geographic, "What are the best unpublished photos of 2019?," 20 Dec. 2019

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1612, in the meaning defined above

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30 Mar 2020

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“Sea turtle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

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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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