Today is World Turtle Day, a day to celebrate turtles large and small. I’m not going to bombard you with facts about why turtles are so cool and why you should get to know more about them. You can check out the American Tortoise Rescue for that. Instead, I’m just going to share a few stories from Cricket Media magazines about turtles, sea turtles specifically.
Here’s one thing you should be aware of if you are heading to the beaches in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, and Virginia this summer: sea turtles lay their eggs on the shore, cover them up, and leave. It’s important for the new baby turtles to find their own way to back to the water after they hatch. This helps them orient themselves and remember where they were born. That way, they can come back someday and lay their own eggs. So one of the most important things you should know about turtle you run into on the beach, is to leave it alone and let it make its way home.
You’ll find out even more about these amazing creatures (did you know they can live more than 150 years?) when you download and read the three articles below.
For more stories about sea turtles and other equally fascinating creatures, be sure to subscribe to your favorite Cricket Media magazine.