I am a firm believer that you can't teach a child to care for the earth without helping him fall in love with it's wonders.
Well, let me tell you, my boys love for the ocean grew a little deeper yesterday, after a visit to the NOAA Sea Turtle Facility.
Basically, it's just a big steel barn (they actually do call it the turtle barn), where they raise a whole bunch of sea turtles.
It's part of a decades long effort to increase the dwindling population of sea turtles. Most specifically, the Kemp Ridley, which makes its home in the Gulf of Mexico.
They raise new hatchlings until they are two years old (big enough to no longer be prey for crabs and other sea critters)
Mostly though, we just stared at them and wished we could stuff a few in our pockets.
(oh, and as an aside, a few of you asked for more information about our journal "word bank" – click here for a better photo, and a few more details)
If your little sea lovers would like to learn more about sea turtles you can visit these great sites:
Happy Wednesday, folks!