Sea Turtle Field Trip

 

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Visting NOAA Fisheries Sea Turtle Lab in Galveston Texas

This week in science class,the kids learned about the seven species of Sea Turtles. As a special treat we went on a field trip to the NOAA Fisheries Sea Turtle Research Lab in Galveston Texas to learn more.

The whole experience was great. Our tour guides were patient with all of the kids who were present and thoroughly educated them on the plight of sea turtles. After about an hour educational session we were finally able to see the turtles. I had never seen one, like, ever!! So, it was super exciting for me.

We stopped in a field where our tour guides showed the kids what a TED is. The turtle excluder device or TED is a specialized device that allows a captured Sea Turtle to escape when caught in a fisherman’s net. Each kid had to hold their breath while running through the net to escape through the device. Holding their breath helped the kids to appreciate what a Sea Turtle would have to do.

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Learning about the Turtle Excluder Device for fishing nets

 

After the demonstration we headed inside the turtle barn. There were all Loggerhead turtles in the facility but Kemp’s Ridley are the main turtles who nest and frequent the Texas Coast. Us natives know that y’all. Sorry my Texan slipped out. 😉

All in all it was worth the six month wait. It was such a beautiful day that we headed down the Sea Wall and walked the beach. The kids got to see a Moon Jellyfish and Barnacles attached to a rock. I am not a fan of barnacles but it was cool to see the kids so fascinated by them.

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Loggerhead Sea Turtle
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Loggerhead Sea Turtle
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Loggerhead Sea Turtle
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Moon Jellyfish on the Beach

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Technically, I did get to see a small sea turtle that was less than a year old. I think that qualifies as a baby and thus fulfills one activity on my Life List!

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I got to see a baby Sea Turtle. Life List checked!!

I do know that Sea Turtles are on the endangered animals list so I was not expecting to hold one today. Hopefully one day, I can have the privilege of holding one.

On the Gulf Coast we know not to touch Sea Turtles or disturb their nests. If you visit the coast and see Sea Turtle tracks or an actual turtle you can call 1-866-Turtle5 and someone will come out to assess the area.

Have you ever seen a live Sea Turtle or the nest hatchlings?

 

Photography Class

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As a home schooling mom, I try to come up with exciting and interesting activities outside of core subjects that the kids will enjoy. I like to think of our style as a mix of unschooling with a few basic structure subjects. It might sound odd but it definitely works for us.

We like to spend time outdoors and homeschooling allows for just that. Yesterday we took a trip to the Japanese Gardens at Hermann Park. The kids assignment was to take one photo of a tree, water, a flower or an animal. They took these photos with their cell phones since we do not have a great camera.

Later, when we arrived at home they did some editing and touch ups. My son was totally against editing his photos. He felt that if he took the photo then he wanted it to stay pure. I respected his decision but also told him that he could make minor touch ups to enhance the photo. He agreed but only made minimal edits.

 


Audrey’s Photos


Brianna’s Photos


Mavrizio’s Photos


 

I love how we all went to the same place and yet they captured different photos.

They had so much fun taking the photos and editing them. We hope you enjoy them!