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Fun Facts about Sea Turtles:
- The largest leatherback turtle ever found weighed over 2,000 pounds!
- Leatherback turtles have been around for more than 150 million years! They survived the extinction of the dinosaurs, but are an endangered species right now.
- These turtles travel! Researchers recently tracked a turtle travelling 12,000 miles, from Indonesia to Oregon.
- A newly hatched baby turtle is called a hatchling.
- It is not known how long sea turtles live in the wild, but scientists think their life span may be as long as 100 years.
- Developing sea turtle hatchlings do not have gender chromosomes. The temperature of their nest determines the sex of the baby turtle.
- It is estimated that only 1 in 1,000 hatchlings survives to adulthood.