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SAND AND SEA
OUR SEA TURTLES PHOTOS
The eggs laid by a loggerhead sea turtle are about the size of ping pong balls.
with sand making sure it is compact and completely covered.
She camouflages her nest so that the eggs are safely hidden.
“The leatherbacks create a huge nest area,” explains Lauren
Maline, a biologist with Ecological Associates. “Sand is
thrown everywhere and they do an orientation circle and go
back to the water. Green sea turtles have more of an organized
mound and they make a huge secondary pit, where
they have thrown sand behind them to cover their eggs. It’s
a signature and it looks like a bomb went off at the beach.
Loggerheads have the smallest and most organized nesting
patterns. The incoming crawl is followed by a fluffy mound
and a very shallow secondary body pit, compared to the
green sea turtle.” >>
A baby green sea turtle takes in its first breath as it hatches from the egg.
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