Clip of the Day: Could You Survive as a Sea Turtle?

Your chances are slim.

A new video from TED-Ed showcases the life of a sea turtle, including what it takes to make it to adulthood.

“Sea turtles are miraculous,” narrator and educator Scott Gass begins. “Sea turtles have survived through the challenges of eons…Throughout the centuries and up until today, every living sea turtle has overcome the odds.”

From a whopping thousand eggs laid in a nesting season, just 20 survive to breeding age—but in today’s environment, only two actually survive, because human interference has wiped out the rest.

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Educator Scott Gass takes you through an animation of the life of a sea turtle. (Photo: TED-Ed)

It’s the hard-knock life if you’re a sea turtle, it turns out. Of the seven species of sea turtles, six are found in U.S. waters, and all six are listed as endangered, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries. The video, created by Gass and animators Veronica Wallenberg and Johan Sonestedt, highlights the difficulties humans have imposed on these sea creatures.

The clip is part of TED-Ed, the education arm of the global conference organization. The video is offered as something that can be “flipped” into a customized lesson for teachers to use, including discussion questions and a short quiz.

“Right now, there’s a gifted educator somewhere out there delivering a life-changing lesson. The TED-Ed team hopes that anyone who’s passionate about education will help us find that teacher, capture that moment, and amplify it the way it deserves to be amplified,” the TED-Ed team explains in a video.

Want to help? Click here to save sea turtles from drowning (via Care2).

What would you do to help a sea turtle? And would you watch more of these lessons? Let us know in the comments.

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Kelly Zhou hails from the Bay Area and is currently a student in Los Angeles. She has written on a variety of topics, predominantly focusing on politics and education. Email Kelly | @kelllyzhou |