One of our first steps in being able to help sea turtles is to first learn about them and their environment and how we have a responsibility to do all we can to protect them. On February 23, Parsley had two special guests: Susi Clontz, Coordinator for Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project and Jennifer Metzler-Fiorino, Outreach Coordinator for NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
We learned so many things! Students learned about the carapace and other special names for a sea turtle's body parts. They saw pictures of different types of sea turtles and were amazed to see how large some sea turtles can grow. They learned how hard a female turtle works to build a nest to lay her eggs. They heard stories about special sea turtles that have been rescued, treated for injuries, and successfully released back into the ocean. They also now better understand how important it is to not litter because that litter not only hurts our environment but also poses a risk to sea life.
Ms. Metzler-Fiorino shares turtle artifacts
Ms. Clontz shared with us a recent video from a loggerhead boil. A boil is when the hatching sea turtles come to the surface in mass making the sand look like boiling water.
sea turtle skull
Please share with us what YOU learned at the assembly or anything you may have discovered on your own.
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