- Last updated:
- 16 Dec 2018
If you live near one of Earth's beautiful beaches where sea turtles nest, you may have been lucky enough to see nesting females lumbering up the beach, or even hatchlings scurrying down to the ocean. But whether you live on the coast or in the desert, chances are you will find sea turtles to be pretty fascinating creatures.
To help you learn a bit more about these ancient and beautiful animals we've found a few great websites that we think you'll love.
One of our favourite turtle sites for kids is the Turtle Tides page on the Sea Turtle Conservancy website. You will find lots of downloads, activities and games to keep you busy and up to date on turtle business - all while you're having lots of fun!
The National Geographic Kids section has some great information and photos of some of the sea turtles. To check out some of what they offer have a look at what they say about Loggerhead turtles in their Creature Feature section.
Kidz Korner on the Turtle Trax website is a fabulous site for kids. You can follow the stories of lots of individual turtles and even watch sea turtles on their TurtleCam.
The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a great publication for kids called The Kids Times, which is available online. Several editions of The Kids Timeshave interesting articles about sea turtles.
Information for schools
AUSMEPA provides free educational resources on their website to help teachers plan and undertake a unit of work about key marine environmental issues, including climate change and stormwater pollution.
Marine debris threatens wild life
Marine debris continues to be one of the most significant threats facing sea turtles and ocean ecosystems. There are many excellent sites on the web offering reams of information and activities relating to marine debris problems. You may find some of the following sites quite useful.
- The Australian Marine Conservation Society offers a variety of information and resources relating to the Australian marine environment, including a section dealing with marine debris.
- The Algalita Marine Research Foundation offers a range of educational activities, materials and links relating to the marine environment and marine debris. The Foundation is also leading several research projects associated with the waste issue in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers excellent science resources for teachers and students. The site presents educational activities for kids in addition to good links to other educational resources. NOAA leads significant research associated with the impacts of marine debris and presents some interesting case studies for educators, including the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound.
- The Surfrider Foundation Australia offers a variety of information on its website including information relating to its cleanup project for the marine debris washing up on Tasmania's shores and the Pacific Adventure oil spill that affected Moreton Island and the Sunshine Coast.
- The Reef HQ Aquarium in Townsville hosts an educational site with lots of information relating to marine debris. The site has a dedicated section for students and teachers.