Thursday, August 20, 2009

Good News and Bad News About Leatherback Sea Turtles

More than 40 little Leatherback Sea Turtles were found still in a nest on South Ponte, Vedra Beach, Florida this morning. Leatherback nests may be on the increase. There is a heart warming article and a cute video about these little guys.

The bad news was also about a Leatherback turtle. A large 600 lb female was discovered wash­ed up on a Wainscott, Long Island beach.

On the Treasure Coast of Florida, Hurricane Bill could be bad news for sea turtles. This weekend, even if the hurricane is over 700 miles off shore, it could still send some, possibly, 8 foot waves that could cause a lot of erosion. Leatherbacks, loggerheads and green turtles , all have active nests on the beach. The heavy surf could wash out nests and also make it difficult for turtles that will come in to nest later.

1 comment:

bobbie said...

They really fight an up-hill battle, don't they?