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KS3 Geography - Cracking Coasts: Endangered Species: Marine Turtles

A guide to information resources on endangered species for your year 8 Geography 'Cracking Coasts' topic, compiled by your Librarians.

Marine Turtles

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Marine turtles are reptiles that inhabit all of the world's oceans except the Arctic.  All species of marine turtles are listed as threatened or endangered.

The seven living species of marine turtles are flatback sea turtle, green sea turtle, hawksbill sea turtle, Kemp's ridley sea turtle, leatherback sea turtle, loggerhead sea turtle and olive ridly sea turtle.

(Source of information: wikipedia)

Find out about turtles...

Look at these fact sheets to find out more about marine turtles...

Presentation about Sea Turtles

A powerpoint presentation from The University of Minnesota Duluth which includes lots of useful information about sea turtles.

5 things you can do to save sea turtles

This poster, from 'Defenders of Wildlife', lists some of the things people can do to help marine turtles.

Click on the image to view a larger version.

Books in the Senior Library

Marine Turtles in the Coral Triangle

The Coral Triangle is home to 6 of the worlds 7 species of marine turtles.  This video explains the dangers for turtles and what is being done to help them.

(source of video: you tube)

Why are turtles endangered?

(Source of picture: Plastikeep)

Turtles can mistake floating plastic bags for
 jellyfish, which are edible to turtles. They can suffocate and die from ingesting the plastic imposters.

Explore the links below to find more about the dangers faced by turtles.

Turtle poster

This poster from WWF outlines the life-cycle of the marine turtle and some of the threats facing these creatures.

Click on the image to see a larger version.

Dangers caused by fishing

This video highlights the threats to marine turtles caused by fishing.

(source of video: you tube)

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Latest news on turtles as endangered animals

Test your knowledge

Test your knowledge of turtles with this National Geographic quiz.

Organisations which help turtles

Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are currently running an 'adopt a turtle' campaign involving this cuddly toy, Nadia, to raise awareness of the plight of sea turtles.

Look at the links below to find more organisations who are working to help marine turtles.

Find out more...

Try typing combinations of two or three of these keywords in the search box below to find more information about marine turtles.

Sweet Search - a search engine for students

Try to find out more using Sweet Search, a search engine designed to help students find reliable information.