Tuesday, September 09, 2008


I've been nest-sitting and setting screens a few times this week, so I've had occasion to talk with beach residents who've stopped by to see how things are progressing. During those conversations, there have been a lot of questions about what happens when sea turtles emerge from their nests. What does it look like?

I have discovered several videos on YouTube through which you can enjoy the magic of seeing hatchlings emerge from their nests:

- The first video is a rare daytime hatching of loggerhead turtles here on Pensacola Beach. Our Traveling Turtle Girl was trying her best to videotape the event while containing disoriented hatchlings and preventing them from heading inland. Click HERE.

- The second video is the actual hatching of a sea turtle from its shell. It's an incredible video. I'm not sure of the story behind it, since it is hatching above ground, but it will tire you out just watching this little guy struggle to break free of the shell. Imagine how much harder it would be with 18 inches of sand on top of you. Click HERE.

- The third video is an actual night hatching - what we generally see here on Pensacola Beach. Stay with it for a least a couple of minutes to fully appreciate how the sand starts 'simmering', then comes to a full rolling boil as the hatchlings emerge from the nest. Click HERE.

Grab some popcorn, then sit back and enjoy!

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