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Keith Interviews Jimmy, the Loggerhead Turtle



Keith Interviews Jimmy, the Loggerhead Turtle
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 1 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.44

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    morning, absolutely, birthplace, brothers, brownish-yellow, easily, eggs, episode, good, guys, hatched, lights, loggerhead, motorboat, nets, pets
     content words:    I'm Keith Trace, Amazing Animals, Atlantic Ocean, North America


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Keith Interviews Jimmy, the Loggerhead Turtle
By Kathleen W. Redman
  

1     "Good morning boys and girls. I'm Keith Trace, host of Amazing Animals. Today, we've got a real treat for you. He is one of the wettest guests we've had here. He's left lots of sand all over the place here. His name is Jimmy, and he's a loggerhead turtle. Hello, Jimmy."
 
2     "Hi, Keith. Sorry about the sand."
 
3     "No problem, Jimmy. We have a vacuum cleaner."
 
4     "I took a walk along the beach. I've been leaving sand everywhere."
 
5     "A walk along the beach sounds nice."
 
6     "Not really, Keith. It was a lot of work."
 
7     "How so?"
 
8     "It's a long story. Being born as a loggerhead turtle is a lot of work. My mom swam hundreds of miles to lay eggs in the same spot where she was born. It was on a beach in Florida."
 
9     "Florida's nice. I hear the beaches there are very pretty."
 
10     "They are, Keith. But there are also lots of people there."
 
11     "Is that a problem?"
 
12     "Yes. Loggerhead eggs are tiny and are easily destroyed by humans and pets. On many beaches, there are protected areas just for turtle eggs. Sixty days after my egg was laid, I hatched and had to make a pretty long trip."
 
13     "Trip? To where?"
 
14     "To the water, Keith. Even though my birthplace was a few feet from the ocean, it's a very long walk for a baby turtle."

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