Southeastern Florida is a major nesting site for Loggerhead Sea Turtles. From May to October, eggs are laid and hatchings appear after an average of 60 days. Sometimes a hatching does not emerge with its hundred or so "siblings" when the clutch literally boils out of the nest like a miniature volcano. This little one was found about two feet down in the sand by volunteers from the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, which monitors nests on our barrier island. One hundred and ten eggs hatched in this nest, three were unfertilized, and this guy needed a little help to make it to the warm Gulf waters off of Sanibel Island. Remember if you visit the barrier island beaches to keep lighting at a minimum, and if you must shell at night, use a red light. The video will explain why.
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