During the turtle egg laying season it isn’t uncommon to see a large female Loggerhead Turtles digging a nest on the beach, anytime between 11 pm and 5 am. However it is rare to get the opportunity to witness a hatching, which I was lucky enough take part in. I don’t know how they do it but the dedicated team of conservationists specializing in the protection of endangered Loggerhead Turtles, can pinpoint almost within hours when a turtles nest’s eggs will hatch.
The Sargasso weeds were quite abundant during that period, so the scientists and group of students responsible for that patch of beach gathered up the tiny Loggerhead Turtles in a styrofoam box, and carried them several meters up the beach to release them so they would not get caught in the weeds.
Pretty cool to see them scurrying around like that.
In the photo gallery below, you can see how busy these female Loggerhead Turtles are during the egg laying season. The last image shows how bad the Sargasso weed accumulation was and if the crew of biologist were not dedicated to their job, the little guys in the video might not have made it to the open sea to live a long turtle life.