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August 26, 2019

turtle crawling to gulf close Up

At Rookery Bay Research Reserve, sea turtle hatchling season is going strong. Turtle nesting teams check nests almost every day for signs of hatching and baby sea turtles.

turtle crawling to gulf

If a nest has hatched, a depression is left in the sand. The team then digs up the nests and counts the number of hatched and unhatched eggs. Sometimes straggler baby turtles need a little help making their way out of the nest. These little hatchlings are placed on the beach to make a natural crawl to the ocean.

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