1. Sea turtle: Air breathing reptiles that live in the ocean and are able to spend hours under the water. There are 7 species of sea turtles, and all are endangered.
  2. Species: A grouping of animals or plants that are the same kind.
  3. Reptile: Cold-blooded, air-breathing animal with a back bone such as turtles, snakes, lizards, and alligators.
  4. Hatchling: A recently hatched baby sea turtle or other animal. See hatchlings on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyN8Betuad8.
  5. Survival: Continuing to live.
  6. Habitat: The type of area/environment in which a kind of animal normally lives.
  7. Clutch: A nest or batch of eggs.
  8. Endangered Species: A type of animal or plant in danger of becoming extinct, mostly through human actions.
  9. Extinct: A type of animal or plant that no longer exists such as a dinosaur.
  1. Caruncle: Sea turtle hatchling’s temporary egg tooth.
  2. Migration: To move from one area to another, often for reasons such as feeding. For example, sea turtles often travel thousands of miles across an ocean.
  3. Flipper: A broad flat limb (as of a sea turtle, seal or whale) used for swimming.
  4. Threatened: A species at risk of becoming endangered.
  5. Turtle Excluder Devices (TED’s): A device used in the fishing industry that helps sea turtles escape from shrimp trawling nets.
  6. Carapace: Hard outer covering or upper part of turtle shell. Click here to see diagrams:
    http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b194/chenpn/chenpndotcom/identification1.gif  of carapace, scutes and prefrontal scales.
  7. Conservation: Protection of wildlife and natural resources.
  8. Biology: The science of living things.
  9. Natal Beach: The beach where a sea turtle hatched and returns to lay its eggs.