A Better Vantage Point to See What Those Sea Turtles Were Up To Last Night

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Two perpetrators apparently snuck up onto the beach several hours ago during the early morning and made a deposit. This time of year, if conditions are right, the returning turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. I don't exactly know how they're able to navigate back to the same beaches they were born at to do this although that is what they do year after year.

It's usually a midnight mission and requires that our man made illumination be at a minimum before they make their way to the dry sand. On the way "up" the beach they are very wary and can be startled easily then turn and lumber their way back into the ocean. Once the egg laying begins there's no turning around until the deed is done. It is then that the huge turtles seem more tolerant of people watching the progress from just a few feet away.

When you look at this photo you can see the two "V" shaped marks in the sand. What's interesting is that I believe one was scared away and the other which arrived a short time before accomplished her goal. They're both long gone before the sunrise but their telltale presence remains.

From the lower "V" it looks as if the tide was higher upon arrival. Egg laying is not a quick process for the mom. Now judging from the length of the other 3 paths the timing is likely within about 15 minutes apart from each other which is why I think the upper turtle came and went for some reason. Know that she'll be back to try again as these magnificent sea creatures have been doing for thousands of years.

My guess is that these were Loggerheads which can be as large as 400 lbs. and make their nests from May through August. The hatchlings pop out of the sand around 60 days later typically in an entire bunch because they know there is safety in numbers. By October the miracle is over in most cases but if you can brave a Summer visit you could get a chance to watch nature's beauty up close and personal. It's an experience that you or your children will not soon forget!

The best way to protect our local marine life is to support the Loggerhead Marinelife Center

 

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Joe Petrowsky
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Good morning Kevin. Pretty amazing how mother nature works her magic and always fascinates us.

May 16, 2016 08:54 PM #1
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Gabe Sanders
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It's a fascinating process, Kevin.  Great job of capturing the evidence and interpreting it.

May 17, 2016 08:46 PM #2
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Ginny Gorman
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Kevin, it must be so cool to see this nesting going on....and the size of them amazes me.

May 24, 2016 11:35 PM #3
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Awesome. We love Sea Turtles. Have worked int he past to help perserve them. Enjoyed visiting the rescue site in Ft. Laurdale a couple of years ago.

May 25, 2016 11:06 PM #4
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Anna Hatridge
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How wonderful to see such a sight.  My only question is what keeps the eggs safe when the beach grater comes along in the morning? Looks like it would run over the eggs and damage them.

May 28, 2016 09:22 PM #5
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Kevin- Larry and I have seen the tracks you showed above on the beaches at Delray, and we've seen the tiny tracks of the recently hatched.  Unfortunately, some looked like they may have turned towards A1A instead of the ocean. On an early morning walk, we happened upon a turtle still onshore digging in the sand for her nest.  I shall never forget that. 

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