Ocean Drifters

  • Wild Chronicles follows one of nature's most extraordinary odysseys—a loggerhead sea turtle hatchling embarking on a dangerous, ten-year ocean journey. Adrift in the vast waters, the young turtle instinctively escapes danger and slowly grows. The ultimate goal: survival, and a return to the beach of her birth to nest and lay eggs.

    1. How deep are the nests of loggerhead sea turtles?

      Nests can be as deep as two feet, and hatchlings can take days to climb out.

    2. How many hatchlings will return to the beach to breed?

      Only one in a thousand loggerhead hatchlings will survive to adulthood.

    3. Before entering the powerful Gulf Stream, the loggerhead stops to rest. What habitat provides her with sufficient protection?

      The hatchling rests in sargassum, a type of seaweed.

    4. What is the loggerhead's main source of food?

      Loggerheads mostly eat jellies.

    5. How does marine debris put the little loggerhead at risk?

      Ocean debris, mostly plastics, looks like jellies, and turtles eat it. Turtles cannot digest plastic, however, and choke to death on the debris.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    embark Verb

    to leave or set off on a journey.

    hatch Verb

    to emerge from an egg.

    instinct Noun

    natural motivation or behavior.

    loggerhead sea turtle Noun

    reptile native to non-polar oceans.

    turtle Noun

    type of reptile with a shell encasing most of its body.

    vast Adjective

    huge and spread out.