NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher : Sea Turtles

The Trouble with Turtles

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Introduction
Many conservation groups around the world work to protect sea turtle nests along the beaches. They work hard to help ensure the safety of the female turtle and her successful trip back to the ocean. This is a long, tedious, and even expensive effort.

Education is the best way to train the public in what to do and not do when they encounter a sea turtle or her nest. Many people may not be aware that their actions are harmful. Through education and active support of organizations devoted to conserving the sea turtle populations, hopefully their numbers will increase.
Scenario
You are volunteering at your local sea turtle organization. As you learn about the conservation procedures, think about how you can help design ways to protect the nests and hatchlings, and educate the public about the importance of preserving the environment to ensure the success of future sea turtle populations.
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Conclusion
Almost all sea turtle species are endangered. Their population is smaller than it should be and it is vital that the nests are protected to ensure the successful hatching of the eggs.

Numerous sea turtle activists work within organizations around the world. They are diligent and work hard to find ways to protect the sea turtles and their nests.
Project
You have been asked to design a state-of-the-art device that will protect sea turtle nests while also educating anyone on the beach that walks by the nest. Describe what your device looks like, what it is made of, and how it will work.
Glossary
conservationist - person who advocates or acts for the protection and preservation of the environment and wildlife
endangered - a species that is seriously at risk of extinction
erosion - natural processes, including weathering, dissolution, abrasion, corrosion, and transportation, by which material is worn away from the earth's surface
excavate - remove earth carefully and systematically in order to find buried items
infrared - the part of the electromagnetic spectrum with a longer wavelength than light but a shorter wavelength than radio waves
orientation - the position of something relative to something else
population - a particular section, group, or type of animal living in an area
threatened - having an uncertain chance of continued survival; likely to become 'endangered'
vulnerable - susceptible to physical or emotional attack or harm