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Field Guide - Tips and Tricks

Play, Win, and Save Sea Turtles

Find out how to: Win Games | Get higher scores | Save more turtles

Turtle Game

Game Screenshot

1. Use the SHIFT key to dive when getting close to a shark  or to avoid objects on the surface.

2. If the health bar gets too low, use the SHIFT key to come back to the surface for air or eat some whelks or horseshoe crabs to regain health.

Game Screenshot

3.  You are constantly moving due to the ocean tides.  Pace yourself to avoid obstacles and get needed food!

4. When in a nesting area, hit the SPACE bar to dig a nest and WIN! 

Fisherman

Tip 1
Use turtle-safe fishing gear to avoid catching turtles and getting fines.  Green gear catches fewer turtles.

Longlines with Hooks

circle hook

Circle Hook

circle hook

J Hook


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Gilnets

small mesh gill net

Small mesh

large mesh gill net

Large mesh


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Trawling Nets

With TED

With TED

No TED

Without TED


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Tip 2
Buying the right gear may cost a bit more at first, but catching les turtles and will help your score in the long run!

Remember: Green gear catches fewer turtles.


Tip 3
The shop provides helpful information on the supplies it offers.  A “Read Me” button is located on the bottom  right of each item. Click on it to learn more.

Game screenshot

Tip 4
Keep an eye on the gas level. It’s the yellow icon at the top. If you run out gas, the game ends!

Game screenshot

Whelk Game

1. Make sure that only ONE of each species is in each ROW and COLUMN.

Whelk's Game Screenshot

2. If you are stuck, hit the RESET button to get a new array of pieces.

Whelk's Game Screenshot

3. Pieces with a small lock symbol on them cannot be moved.  They are in the correct places already. Use this to your advantage!

Whelk's Game Screenshot

Environmentalist Game

1. Don’t step on the turtles. They will turn around and return to ocean.

Environmentalist Game Screenshot

2. Keep moving! If you’re not close enough to something, you can’t remove it.  Red cursor means you need to be closer, green means go!

Environmentalist Game Screenshot

3. Turn off flashlights! Tourists with flashlights will slow down or stop the nesting turtles!

Environmentalist Game Screenshot

Tourists Game

1.  Look closely at all of the images. There’s a lot to see and photograph!

Tourist's Game Screenshot

2.  Almost anything can affect the environment, so don’t pass up ordinary sights such as a dog.

Tourist's Game Screenshot

3. While you play, the environmentalist will give you some advice on beach etiquette.

Tourist's Game Screenshot

Politician Game

1.  Using the orientation of the rope border can help in placing the outer pieces.

Polotician Game

2.  After completing the puzzle, you will be prompted to pick a law.
These laws WILL affect happiness ratings for turtles and other characters. Use this to your advantage. 
If you didn’t do very well on one of the other mini-games, you can improve that character’s mood by passing a law that will help them!

Polotician Game