Baby sea turtle on the beach
  Baby sea turtles will take from 1-3 days to emerge out of their nest once they have hatched out of their egg. These baby sea turtles will emerge out of the nest in large groups so as to overwhelm any predators. Learn more about sea turtles.  

Loggerhead sea turtle hatchling at sunrise
  The loggerhead sea turtle is the most common of all sea turtles in Florida. They can weigh in at 200 to 350 pounds. Their diet consists mainly of crabs and molluscs.  

Green sea turtle hatchling entering the ocean
  Baby sea turtles, such as this green sea turtle, usually climb out of their sandy nest at night time when they are less likely to be eaten by predators. An average of 100 baby sea turtles emerge from the sand in a coordinated effort. They use numerous cues to locate the ocean such as the natural glow of light on the ocean's horizon, the beach slope, and some scientist believe, the low frequency sounds produced by the ocean's crashing waves. Artificial lighting from beachfront property as well as the metropolitan city glow is a major problem for baby sea turtles as it can disorient them into the dunes and nearby city streets. Learn more about baby sea turtles.  

Inquisitive female loggerhead sea turtle
  Loggerhead sea turtles feed primarily on crustaceans and molluscs. Their powerful jaws allow them to easily crush the shell of a mollusc such as a queen conch. After investigating the glass dome of my underwater camera momentarily, this female loggerhead sea turtle attempted to take a bite out of it.  

Loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings
  Florida is the largest nesting site in the world for the endangered loggerhead sea turtle. In 2012, the state totals for loggerhead sea turtle nests were 98,601. Each nest contains an average of about 100 eggs. Learn more about loggerhead sea turtles.  

Hawksbill sea turtle swimming towards the camera
  Sea turtles, such as this hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), are air breathers and must come up to the surface to breathe. They are capable of holding their breath for hours depending on their activity level. When resting or sleeping they can hold their breath for as long as 4-7 hours.  

  • Baby sea turtle on the beach
  • Loggerhead sea turtle hatchling at sunrise
  • Green sea turtle hatchling entering the ocean
  • Inquisitive female loggerhead sea turtle
  • Loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings
  • Hawksbill sea turtle swimming towards the camera
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