Fake Turtle Eggs – level 2

14-10-2020 07:00

Scientists in Central America found a new way to fight with illegal business with turtle eggs. Scientists made fake eggs and they put the eggs in the sand at the beach.

The eggs were printed on a 3D printer, and they looked like real turtle eggs. However, there was GPS technology inside.

Scientists put 101 eggs in the sand, and poachers found 25 eggs. Poachers then sold the eggs to smugglers. Scientists could see where the eggs went. Most eggs stayed in the area; however, some eggs ended up in a supermarket that was 85 miles away.

Scientists only tested the eggs; however, they hope that in the future, fake eggs could help police in the fight with poachers.

Difficult words: GPS (a satellite system that can tell where exactly someone or something is), poacher (a person who breaks the law to hunt), smuggler (a person who takes things into or out of a country illegally).

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