Sea Turtle Ecology

Graceful in the water, sea turtles glide through the ocean with the greatest of ease and trek to far away beaches to ensure continuation of their species. You will investigate the history of these marine reptiles, both natural and anthropogenic threats to their survival, reproduction, and how they cope with the challenges they face. You will explore all seven living sea turtle species and be able to identify them.

Appropriate grade range: 6-12

Learning Goals

  • Recall that sea turtles descend from ancient animals with seven species existing today.
  • Investigate the physical and behavioral characteristics of sea turtles that allow them to survive and reproduce.
  • Identify patters of sea turtle behavior, including migration, nesting and feeding.
  • Compare and contrast the many causes for sea turtle decline and the efforts that are being taken to reduce negative impacts on sea turtle populations.


  1. Sea Turtle Species
  2. Nests, Eggs, and Hatchlings
  3. Swimming and Migration
  4. Living in the Sea — Characteristics of the Sea Turtle
  5. Threats and Conservation

Course Components

  • Online Assessment
  • Student Guide
  • Narrated Video
  • Interactives
  • Objectives for each Chapter
  • Certificate of Completion

Alignment to NGSS