Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Baby Sea Turtles

We're fortunate to live near the Atlantic Ocean because we had the opportunity to take the boys to see a Turtle Hatching Release. The baby turtles scheduled for release were found by marine biologists at the bottom of turtle nests in the sand because the turtles weren't able to get out. Since they were found in the morning, they couldn't be released to head into the ocean right away because they'd get burned up by the sun and disoriented by all the light. Therefore, the scientists took them back to the lab for a week or so and then brought them back to the beach at night to encourage them to swim out to sea where they belong. This is a little green sea turtle right before it was released that evening. (I know he looks black, but he's called a "green turtle" because he's a herbivore and eats only plants from the ocean.) If you look closely in the second picture, you can see that it actually has a "belly button" where it was attached to the inside of its egg. We went down to the sand to watch the baby turtles go out to sea around 9:00 PM, but unfortunately we weren't allowed to use flash photography, so none of those photos turned out. We released 59 loggerhead turtles and 6 green turtles. It was quite a sight!



5 comments:

  1. Awww I bet that was great to watch. I used to live in Florida and there was tons of sea turtles.

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  2. Melissa Schmidt11:29 PM

    What a great story! I am thrilled to read things like these after the devastation to the Sea Turtles from the gulf oil incident. Thanks for sharing that bit of hope.

    Mel S.
    kmel517@gmail.com

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  3. I live here on the Space Coast and have done the turtle watching a few times. Used to be pretty easy and laid back to do, but nowadays like everything else, yahoos have made it so it's heavily regulated and policed. Still enjoyable if you get the chance.

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  4. This is amazing! I love love love sea turtles and would love to help release some someday. We did get to see a mama turtle lay her eggs in Costa Rica while on our honeymoon.

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  5. My kids would love to see that. The baby turtles are so cute.

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