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Chesapeake Christian School Students Help Turtle Population Thrive

EASTON, Md.- Save the terrapins.  That's the motto in Lori Marsh's sixth grade class at Chesapeake Christian School.  And it's a motto the students take to heart. On Tuesday they attached turtle excluders to several crab pots.

"It's to keep them from drowning so they can't get in the crab pots," said Casey Kersheval, one of the students.

The wire mesh is large enough that baby turtles can get through, but the adults sometimes find themselves trapped inside with no way out and no way to breathe.

"We realized that the turtle excluders are needed for shallow crab pots and we got involved with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation who gave us the crab pots," said teacher Lori Marsh.

And the class isn't just saving the lives of the adult turtles.

"We're raising terrapins.  We're giving them the head start that they need because if you leave them out, they are so small that other predators can come and eat them," said Peyton Raeder.

The class has been taking care of Bubbles, Buddy, and Bobby-Jo since November.  Once a month, they take the turtles out to track their growth.

"We were just weighing them and seeing how much they've grown every month," said Connor Swann.

And the kids really seem to be enjoying their turtle time.

"It's very exciting.  It's very fun to do," Peyton said.

"In the long run it might get someone interested in going into the science field.  When they get a little bit older.  The bay is their backyard, and they should know a little bit more about what's going on with it," Marsh said.

In the summer, the three turtles will be released to the same place their eggs were found, once they are big enough that predators should ignore them and they will be safe.
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