Beach walks can be very exciting. Today’s petite drama involved a nest of sea turtle eggs.
The Scene before the story begins: 90 or so baby loggerhead turtles waiting in the sand for a few more nights when all the nestlings will all be ready to run for the sea. But there is movement. Above them an enemy waits.
Our Villain – a rascal raccoon (also needs to eat and hence his motivation).
Our heroes Six baby loggerhead turtles who have escaped the raccoon, but are disoriented and unable to reach the sea.
Enemies, Hazards & Travails – the lights from a nearby condo that mislead two of the survivors to head in that direction instead of toward the sea.
Allies – The condo maintenance man who spots the two struggling to climb the steps of the condo pool entrance and takes them two the water. He has named them Campbell and Soup. He then alerts another ally – the marine sea turtle conservation and research worker who tells him that he should not touch baby turtles or move them. The maintenance man cites the circling gulls in defense of his action. The marine worker then springs into action, digging four turtles from the nest. These four have somehow evaded notice by enemies. She puts the four survivors in a bright green bucket for later release.
Sea Turtle Nesting Information from @MoteMarineLabs
Nesting Turtle Daytime: Take Photos, No Flash, Call rescue patrol
Live Hatching: “Off the beach, heading away from water, or washing in on the waves” “Place in bucket with moist sand. Cover with a towel. Keep in dark place. Keep out of A/C. Call rescue patrol
Eggs Exposed: Get Nest ID from yellow stake. Call rescue patrol.
SEA TURTLE NESTING SEASON is MAY 1 to OCTOBER 31
Reduce beachfront lighting
Pick up trash (Plastic bags look like jellyfish – turtle food!)
Remove Beach Furniture at night
Keep Flashlights off the beach