JP Rothbone and his Sniveling Cronies have too many plastic bags in their retail stores now that people are bringing in reusable shopping bags. Learning that sea turtles sometimes eat these plastic bags, mistaking them for jellyfish, JP plots to dump all his surplus bags into the ocean so the turtles can eat them. Bonehead’s ninja turtle team glide in - not so nonchalantly - and divert the bags away from the ocean and right into JP's own boardroom.
Much about the life of sea turtles is a mystery to humans. But the importance of sea turtles to the ocean ecosystem is not. Sea turtles are considered a “keystone” species, meaning a disruption to their survival has an effect on all life right on down the food chain. Students learn just how important these majestic creatures are, and how human carelessness and pollution is causing great harm to them, both individually and as a species. Students learn how female sea turtles come to shore to lay eggs; witness a nest “boiling” as dozens of baby sea turtle hatching emerge from the sand and make their way to the safety of the ocean; follow along as hatchlings make their way from the beach to the Sargassum Sea; and get a front row seat to a poignant release of a loggerhead sea turtle back to the ocean.
In this educational documentary segment, students learn that sea turtles need conservation efforts all over the world to help clean their habitats and restore the safe environments they need to live and reproduce. Students are also introduced to two young entrepreneurs who made their own bandanas, necklaces and wristbands to raise money for sea turtle rescue. Finally, we follow along with Ashley Hawkin's third graders as they visited their favorite patients at the sea turtle hospital.
In this song, students learn that all life in the ocean and on land is connected, and that disruptions to one species or one ecosystem can create problems for all surrounding species and ecosystems. Kids also learn how litter like plastic bags, soda cans and styrofoam cups all look like food to turtles, birds and fish. A healthy sea has no debris. These items should be recycled properly, not discarded into the ocean.