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(CBC)   The coolest video of 100 ugly-ass sea turtles hatching that you will see all weekend   (cbc.ca) divider line 11
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2014-07-27 04:25:16 PM  
Back when living at Patrick AFB North Housing, I walked out of our house to go to work early one morning and found baby sea turtles in our driveway. They'd gotten confused, went 180 degrees from the Atlantic, crossed the dunes and A1A, gone under the gate and around the perimeter fence to get there.

Woke my son and the wife, then looked for any others out around the street. We found 7 in all and took them to the beach by car. Let them go off into the surf. Great moment especially for my 7-year-old son.
 
2014-07-27 07:19:34 PM  
It's very sad to know that only like 2 or 3 of those cuties will ever make it to adulthood. I know that nature is red in tooth and claw, but it still sucks.
 
2014-07-27 07:34:45 PM  

Kome: It's very sad to know that only like 2 or 3 of those cuties will ever make it to adulthood. I know that nature is red in tooth and claw, but it still sucks.


Yeah, I recall watching a nature documentary back in the early 90s or something that showed a bunch of sea turtles hatching, waddling towards the ocean, and then a bunch of seagulls swooping in and grabbing a bunch of them for breakfast.

Considering how endangered they are it seems like catching them all as they hatch, raising them in a protected environment, and then releasing them into the wild when they're large enough to fend for themselves might be a worthwhile endeavor.  I suppose they need to learn how to find food on their own and all, but with a big enough tank I can't see why an environment that approximates the wild to ease the transition couldn't be built.
 
2014-07-27 08:19:11 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Considering how endangered they are it seems like catching them all as they hatch, raising them in a protected environment, and then releasing them into the wild when they're large enough to fend for themselves might be a worthwhile endeavor.  I suppose they need to learn how to find food on their own and all, but with a big enough tank I can't see why an environment that approximates the wild to ease the transition couldn't be built.


The challenge is that that scramble to the ocean appears to be a big part in how they determine where home is when it's time to come back to nest.

CSB:

When we were last down at our place in Mexico on the pacific just north of PV, a fisherman friend had hatched a clutch of eggs that had been disturbed.  When we were there, they were ready to be released.  Each of the local kids got a turtle to shepherd to the ocean, including my daughter.

So all the kids line up their turtles and let them go.  The more impatient kids would give them a flick every so often to nudge them on- to them it was a race, after all.  In true Mexican small town fashion, it was a shiatshow.  I'm amazed that any turtles made it to the ocean with the kids running around absent mindedly, nearly stepping on the turtles.  One kid, whose turtle didn't move at all, pics it up, examines it, and exclaims "Mi tortuga is muerte!", and spikes it to the ground in disgust.

The only upside is that with all the beach activity, the gulls were kept at bay.  It certainly wasn't textbook national geographic.  But 100% of them made it to the water, and they were doomed had they not been rescued in the first place, so I suppose it might work out for those turtles yet.

/CSB

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2014-07-27 11:02:51 PM  
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2014-07-28 02:53:30 AM  
"Ugly?" They just look like little turtles. What's ugly about that?

Kome: It's very sad to know that only like 2 or 3 of those cuties will ever make it to adulthood. I know that nature is red in tooth and claw, but it still sucks.


Learn to stop personificating animals. The animals that eat them are no less worthy to see the next day than they are. It's all intended which is why there's so many babies to begin with.
 
2014-07-28 09:25:46 AM  
Saw a hatching about 25 years ago just east of Destin, Florida.

Late night, after a restaurant shift, drinking beers and dangling my legs from a little boardwalk.  Feeling rotten about everything.  Then, little baby turtles everywhere.  Right under my feet.

Really changed the mood.  Unforgettable.
 
2014-07-28 05:51:43 PM  
unyon: ... But 100% of them made it to the water, ..

Even the muerte one?
 
2014-07-28 07:55:01 PM  
Considering there are about 200 turtle nests on the local beach, as as a lifelong Missourian experiencing my first Turtle season in Florida...I'm beyond excited to see my first hatching.

However...I know it will be difficult for me not to want to help them or shoo off predators.  I realize it's circle of life and all...and that the trek from the nest to the sea is what strengthens those who actually make it to the water to 1.) Swim, and 2.) Swim fast enough to outrun water predators.

But I can't wait to see my first batch.
 
2014-07-28 10:36:43 PM  

MooseBayou: Saw a hatching about 25 years ago just east of Destin, Florida.

Late night, after a restaurant shift, drinking beers and dangling my legs from a little boardwalk.  Feeling rotten about everything.  Then, little baby turtles everywhere.  Right under my feet.

Really changed the mood.  Unforgettable.


CSB
 
2014-07-29 02:03:42 AM  

Terrible Old Man: "Ugly?" They just look like little turtles. What's ugly about that?

Kome: It's very sad to know that only like 2 or 3 of those cuties will ever make it to adulthood. I know that nature is red in tooth and claw, but it still sucks.

Learn to stop personificating animals. The animals that eat them are no less worthy to see the next day than they are. It's all intended which is why there's so many babies to begin with.


Intended? Stop personificating the ecosystem.
 
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