What a morning...it was filled with tears and frustration.
I was notified that there were hatchling tracks near the Finn's restaurant building by my intern, Skyler, and volunteer Lea. However, there wasn't a nest nearby that was due to hatch. Arriving at the corner of Palmetto Blvd. I found hatchling tracks on the sand in the direction of the 24hr. gas station.
I did not find any hatchlings crushed on the road but instead I found two hatchlings trapped down in a storm drain. I was unable to locate the other 8 tracks that were found disorientated. For the two in the drain, they were thankfully in reaching distance. If I did not get these hatchlings out they would have died of exhaustion and heat. However, their chances are slim even with my help as they exhausted most of their energy needed for their two-day swim to the Sargasso Sea, an area where they live for the first 10 years of their life.
Hatchlings have a chance of 1 in a 1000 of reaching adulthood. It is so important that each hatchling makes their way to the ocean in the most direct path to increase their chances.
Please join me in trying to bring change for our sea turtles! Like this video and SHARE it to get the word out! If we all work together we can make a big difference.
Sea Turtle Biologist