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Re: Turtle release!

Posted by Renee on February 10, 2009, 11:19 pm, in reply to "Re: Turtle release!"

Since we are in the middle of turtle season, there are constantly new nests being relocated to the safety of the guarded turtle sanctuary at Boca de Iguanas. So I think if you want to experience a "newborn turtle release" you need to check back in on this board every few days from now until March.

The eggs incubate in the sand for about 45 days and then, as Jimmi said, once a nest begins to hatch there are precious few hours to get the hatchlings to the safety of the water. The releases happen at dusk to allow the babies the best possible survival chances protected by the darkness. Even with this helping hand, of 100+ eggs hatched in a nest, only 1 or 2 will survive to reach adulthood.... so the chance to aid Mother Nature in helping a newborn turtle to the sea is truly priceless.

Read more about the plight of the sea turtles here:


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