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A Turtle Nest: Beginning to End (by Mary Duffy). It all starts with a trip to the beach by a female turtle. The only time a female turtle come ashore is to lay her eggs. Turtle tracks lead volunteers to the nest site. Volunteers dig to verify the presence of eggs. Photo by Jennifer Kravassi.

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a turtle nest beginning to end by mary duffy
A Turtle Nest: Beginning to End(by Mary Duffy)
  • It all starts with a trip to the beach by a female turtle.
  • The only time a female turtle come ashore is to lay her eggs
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The nest is marked and monitored for signs of a hatchling emergence
  • Eggs will incubate for 50 – 60 days
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Hopefully, all the hatchlings will crawl to the water
  • Artificial beachfront lighting can disorient hatchlings, causing them to crawl all over the beach or landward into vegetation or local roadways
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Three days after the nest emerges, volunteers will excavate the nest and take an inventory of the contents

Photo by Sandra Baker-Hinton

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Sometimes a turtle stops development in the egg
  • Sometimes hatchlings are trapped in the nest and need to be rescued

Photo by Jennifer Kravassi

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Live hatchlings that are trapped in the nest are collected and released to the water

Photo by Jennifer Kravassi

Photo by Jennifer Kravassi

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The public is invited to our excavations
  • Everyone gets excited when there are live hatchlings!

Photo by Jennifer Kravassi

Photo by Sandra Baker-Hinton

Photo by Sandra Baker-Hinton

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Finally, the hatchling is released and makes its way to the surf

Photo by Sandra Baker-Hinton

Photo by Sandra Baker-Hinton

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