Jan 102017
 

Loggerhead Turtles: The Joy of Watching Them Hatch

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Loggerheads live in the seasaround the world. The female may lay her eggs on any of these beaches throughout the world:

U.S.A (mostly in Florida)

Oman in Asia

Australia.

Others may be found in oceans near Chile, Greece and Indonesia.

We Need to Understand Them

If we can understand Loggerheads, then as humans we can help them to survive. By the time you have read this blog, together with what you know already, you will be able to help them.

What do they Eat?

Loggerheads eat fish, crabs, squid, jellyfish and other small sea animals. As humans we need to keep the oceans free from our garbage/rubbish such as pop cans, bottles and other items that we leave on the beaches. We need to make sure that factories do not pollute our oceans. Birds, fish and marine animals are affected by humans that are careless!

Starting Life as Hatchlings

I have been very lucky to watch little Loggerheads hatch from their eggs and make their way down to the ocean. I was in Queensland, Australia and many people drove to a National Park. We listened to a female ranger as she told us about these wonderful Loggerheads. What did she tell me?

Ill tell you right now!

After two or three years at sea, a female Loggerhead goes back to the

SAME beach where she hatched from the egg. Most females lay between 100 and 126 eggs.

 

They look like ping-pong balls. The eggs I saw hatched 108 baby turtles. The temperature of the nest will determine whether the hatchlings will be male or female. A cooler nest 82.5F (28C) will produce males. If the temperature is above 85.1 F (29.5C) the hatchlings will be females. If the temperature is between these numbers, there will be more balance between the males and females.

Watching the Hatchling Reach the Sea.

I will never forget the magical sight when the first egg hatched. After the first egg broke up, it was not long until the other eggs hatched too! It was a great time for the babies to hatch as it was night-time and the moon was out shining in the sky. There were no predators around.

The hatchlings are born to follow the light of the sun or the moon as they shines over the sea. However, these turtles were confused as there were lights from the town shining in the opposite way to the sea.

The ranger asked children to from a line down to the sea. She told them to stand with their legs apart and to hold flashlights (torches) shining towards the sand. This helped the baby turtles follow the lights down to the sea.

Escaping Dangers

Once in the sea for the first time, the baby hatchling Loggerheads head towards seaweed. There they can feed and hide from other animals until they grow bigger. Hopefully, they can live for 30 to 50 years of age.

Diving and Getting Air

A Loggerhead can dive for about 4 to 5 minutes and then needs to come to the surface for at least 1 to 3 seconds. Those times are for when the turtle is actively swimming. However, sea turtles can rest or sleep underwater for several hours at a time. They obviously have enough oxygen in their lungs!

Doing Your Part for Nature

Hopefully, you belong to a family that recycles cans, bottles, cardboard, paper, etc. I trust that you put garbage/rubbish/litter into the proper places when you are out in public.

 

Make sure that you take home the plastic that holds pop/soda-cans/beer cans together. These plastic circles can get around the necks of ducks/geese and birds and cause them distress.

If you see broken glass, ask an adult to pick it up. This will stop poor dogs or other animals from getting glass into their paws/feet/pads. Remember that every water body lake, stream, river, pond ocean..has life in it.

Some life is so small that you cannot see it. Each living thing plays its part in nature. Make sure to play your part. Thank you.

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