I wanted to learn more about sea turtles ever since we went to the beach. There was a sea turtle nest right in front of where we were staying. We thought it might even hatch while we were there but it didn’t.
For my science project, I watched all kinds of awesome YouTube videos – like this one of a baby sea turtle hatching. I decided to share about a sea turtle’s life on land and life in the ocean.
One day I spent the whole day working on my project. I decided to make a model of a sea turtle nest! I broke apart a box. Then I took it outside and used a whole bottle of glue to glue down sand from our sandbox. Then I gathered four sticks and some string to protect the nest.
I made the sign I had seen at the beach. I also painted a paper plate like a sea turtle!
Sea turtles lay so many eggs (leatherback turtle 60-100). I decided to show that with cottonballs.
I was amazed at how deep sea turtles can swim in the ocean. I made a ruler in thousands of feet to show how deep they go. 3,900 feet!
My favorite fun fact is that leatherback sea turtles come back to the same beach they were born to lay eggs about 20 years later!
I received a second place ribbon for my age group in the science fair!
All Things Beautiful says
And a well-deseved award, I would say! I love your display and your description of how you made it and why you made it. I especially like your turtle nest. Wonderful job!
wonderful job! right up our alley- wish I had known, I could have sent her some photos we took of rescued sea turtles – we have done “sea turtle patrol” here and walked the beaches to mark new sea turtle nests- we’ve also gone with volunteers who count the eggs (sometimes the nests have to be moved for safety) We have a little box put together for y’all from the beach- we finished it yesterday- say hello to your Hodgepodge crew from the Becton Boys at the beach! 🙂 Your leaves are fabulous- thank you!
Kelli – how wonderful for us to know real sea turtle patrollers! We look forward to a beach box. And I hope that the leaves arrived not too crunchy! Hello back to the Becton beach boys!
Barb-Harmony Art Mom says
Loved seeing your project…very well done!
I just went to Hawaii and we swam with the sea turtles numerous times. They are curious gentle creatures and want to get up close to you. One even looked right into my snorkel mask! They are so very graceful in the water and hard to imagine that anyone would want to hurt them or kill them.
My favorite turtle story is about one big green sea turtle that was carrying a leaf on his flipper so carefully…not sure what he was going to do with the big yellow leaf but he was really taking care not to loose it as he swam through the water. We swam alongside him for quite a way out to sea but then we had to turn around and come back because we were getting very far from shore.
The Hawaiian word for turtle is “honu”.