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.  

Green sea turtle hatchling in the ocean
  It is believed that sea turtle hatchlings, such as this green sea turtle, locate the ocean because they are phototactic - they are attracted to light. At night, without any man-made lights to confuse them, the glow from the ocean reflects the brightest ambient light. Sea turtle hatchlings will avoid dark areas, such as the dune, as this is the area where predators abound. Learn more about sea turtle navigation.  

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.  

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.  

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.  

Sea turtle on coral reef
  Sea turtles depend on a healthy coral reef to provide them with food and shelter. This juvenile hawksbill sea turtle in Palm Beach, Florida feeds primarily on the sponges growing on the reef.  

  • Baby sea turtle on the beach
  • Green sea turtle hatchling in the ocean
  • Loggerhead sea turtle hatchling at sunrise
  • Loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings
  • Green sea turtle hatchling entering the ocean
  • Sea turtle on coral reef
px
More Images

 

Instagram icn-facebook3