4th graders grow lettuce for sea turtles at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) — Budding young scientists at a Saint Paul’s Elementary School have been growing hydroponic lettuce for Stubby and Titus, two sea turtles at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

“I’m so happy they were eating up the lettuce we worked so hard on,” said Alec Alarakhia, one of the students.

Alec and his classmates worked hard to keep the lettuce fresh.

“We had a problem with rats, and so we had to make cages and put it over the buckets so they wouldn’t be able to get to the lettuce, or else the turtles wouldn’t be able to eat it,” said another student Stella Ritter.

It took the students six weeks to grow the lettuce, and on Wednesday, they arrived to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to bring the home the harvest.

“The amount of lettuce this group brought for us here was enough not only to feed a couple of the turtles they were able to witness eat the food, but it’s able to feed all of our green sea turtles throughout the entire day and possibly even into tomorrow,” said Devon Francke, who supervises sea turtle rehabilitation at the aquarium.

If the students continue donating lettuce, they could save the aquarium tons of money on expenses.


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