The movie "Turtle: The Incredible Journey" is an excellent movie and fantastic educational piece on the biology, life-history, and conservation challenges facing sea turtles that is suitable for all ages.
The Sea Turtle Restoration Project has developed a Teacher Handbook and Study Guide to accompany the movie.
Click here to download the Teacher Handbook, which includes detailed information on loggerhead sea turtles and activities, and click here to download the Study Guide, which includes a synopsis of the film and questions to guide engaging discussions after the movie.
"Turtle: The Incredible Journey" Film Synopsis
Recommended for all ages; 81 minutes, in English;
Directed by Nick Stringer (England, 2009)
This awe-inspiring nature film follows the personal story of a little loggerhead turtle, as she follows the path of her ancestors on one of the most extraordinary journeys in the natural world.
Born on a beach in Florida, the young turtle’s first test comes as she narrowly escapes a mob of threatening crabs and scurries off into the waves. Her life in the ocean begins with a ride on the Gulf Stream up toward the Arctic and ultimately around the entire North Atlantic across to Africa. On her journey, the loggerhead meets an assortment of creatures, from stingrays to whales, and even other sea turtles. But the turtle’s greatest foe is revealed to be not a razor-toothed shark or poisonous jellyfish, but floating bits of trash, oil-slicked waters, longline fishing and other manmade obstacles.
After 25 years have passed, the turtle’s calling comes and she must return to the same beach where she was born. On a sandy beach in Florida, under a starry sky, the loggerhead crawls out of the sea to lay her own eggs and keep the Turtle’s journey alive!
Disclaimer: Turtle Island Restoration Network and the Sea Turtle Restoration Project did not take part in the filming, directing, or production of the movie and does not endorse or profit from "Turtle: The Incredible Journey."