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  • Sea turtles are reptiles, they are cold blooded which means they need warm water to swim in!

  • Turtles have a hard shell that protects them like a shield, this upper shell is called a ‘carapace’.

  • Unlike many turtle species, sea turtles cannot hide their heads inside their shells when attacked by predators.

  • Turtles have existed for around 215 million years.

  • The largest turtle is the leatherback sea turtle, it can weigh over 900 kg! (2000 lb)

  • Sea turtles lay eggs on the beach.

  • The young turtles make their way to the top of the sand and scramble to the water while trying to avoid predators.

  • Sea turtles have special glands which help remove salt from the water they drink.

  • Many sea turtle species are endangered.

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