Saving Endangered Turtles – level 3

12-03-2019 15:00

At what people think is the biggest nesting site in the world, tens of thousands of green sea turtles come to lay eggs. The turtles swim to Raine Island in Australia, but rising sea levels mean that water is threatening the island.

Andy Dunstan with Queensland Parks and Wildlife explained that one sea turtle mum is laying a clutch of 100 eggs, but the water will probably flood the eggs during the next high tide, and they will not develop.

To create space and protect sea turtle eggs from flooding, people reshaped and raised 150 metres of the island’s beach with great results; however, saving the turtles is not cheap or easy. A public partnership is funding this effort at about 8 million Australian dollars over 5 years.

Difficult words: clutch (a group of eggs that is fertilised at the same time), public partnership (when a public organisation and a private organisation work together).

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