We’re waiting for new turtles in our neighborhood. Here’s the nest.
Sea turtles have been swimming in our oceans for more than a hundred million years, according to scientists. However, the coastal development, fisheries, pollution and climate change have all contributed to making their lives difficult. The Green, Leatherback, Loggerhead and Kemp’s Ridley species all swim in the Atlantic Ocean, and all are endangered. Female turtles return to the beach where they were born to dig a nest and lay their eggs in the sand. As many as 100 to 120 eggs are laid in a nest, and the fragile eggs are too often found by predators. The help of humans for protection is important for as much as 80 days until they hatch and the tiny hatchings crawl to their forever home in the ocean.
Watch us all watching for our hatchlings to arrive. Well, we’re all watching for something anyway! Where are you?