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Leatherback Sea Turtles

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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.7

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     challenging words:    leatherback, leatherbacks, newly, leathery, adult, pounds, seabirds, bony, turtle, northern, nets, return, male, thousand, eggs, lights
     content words:    New Zealand


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Leatherback Sea Turtles
By Vickie Chao
Rewritten as a very quick reader by Cindy Grigg
  

1     The leatherback turtle is the Earth's largest kind of turtle. An adult leatherback may weigh two thousand pounds! Leatherbacks get their name from their leathery shells. Leatherbacks don't have a hard, bony shell like other turtles. Leatherbacks live in the open sea. They have a wide range from northern Canada to New Zealand. Females always return to the same beach where they hatched to lay their eggs. She covers the eggs with sand and returns to the ocean. Male leatherbacks never return to land. After digging out of the sand, the babies must cross the beach to swim away. They may be eaten by seabirds. In the ocean, fish and other animals may eat some of them. Humans are .....
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