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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hatchling season well under way

Hattie releases 43 newly born turtles
Yesterday was a great day if you like baby turtles!  During an afternoon patrol on the beach we found two hatched nests.  One still had 43 turtles inside, all of them trapped by a big rock in the middle of the nest. 

The second one had also hatched the previous night and a surfer called Clovis had found 12 babies at the back of the beach, all were dead from dehydration and exhaustion.  Tracing their tracks back, he had opened the nest and found another 35 inside and he immediately put them in the sea.  There were 25 unaccounted for and it was clear that none of them had gone the right way, but instead had followed the bright lights of Santa Maria and in particular the new residential zone of Antonio de Sousa. 

A hatch nest with tracks to the sea
Meanwhile at the main hatchery, a nest exploded with 50 babies during evening while there were still plenty of people around to watch.

At this time of year we have afternoon patrols to mark and find nests - you can clearly see when a nest has hatched as there will be a mass of little tracks - hopefully going towards the sea.  Anyone can join on these patrols, just send an email on if you would like to help.

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