I accept this debate on the matter of multiple turtles versus raccoons. My position is raccoons are superior to turtles, especially concerning survival instincts.
To start, I will argue the remarks stated in Round One. I think the statement that turtles are strong enough to "defeat" raccoons is absurd. They are much too slow to accomplish that task. Besides, why would turtles try and fight with a raccoon? What possible motivation would they have? And when have turtles ever teamed up anyway?
I am saying that, sometimes,(rarely but possible) turtles move around in a pack. Also, it is known on many websites(if you search up on google for example) that when hungry, raccoons will go almost after anything, including turtles.
As a counterattack, turtles are actually not that slow. In water, they an go swim up to amazing speeds of 20 (sometimes30) miles per hour (https://www.google.com...) .
On land, they can go up to 5 miles per hour.
Even though turtles do travel in packs, does that mean that they will defend each other if one is attacked? If a raccoon jumped from a tree on top of a turtle wouldn't the more likely scenario be for the other turtles to attempt an escape, or curl up in there shells away from danger? And even if turtles are fast enough to keep up with a raccoon, they certainly can't climb trees, which a raccoon can do quite well. I'm afraid that, for the turtle, such a situation appears very bleak.
Wrong! Turtles in packs are usually very defensive of each other, and since the pack is usually a family of turtles, turtles are usually going to protect one another. Next, as a counterattack, I know from personal experience and research that raccoons usually don't know how to swim as fast as turtles, and turtles actually have very sharp teeth and claws. Not only that, but turtles have been known to purposely drown predators that attack. Plus, the turtles have amazing strength, and have shells!
For my last argument, I would like to say that although turtles may be very defensive of one another, the chance that they will drown a raccoon is extremely unlikely. A raccoon will not chase a pack of turtles into the water no matter how hungry it is. And I believe Pro is mistaken when he talks about turtles in packs being a "family". Turtles, like alligators, lay their eggs and leave. When the babies hatch, they fend for themselves and never know their parents. That is why the eggs are buried.