Sunday, April 10, 2011

MAY THROUGH LATE OCTOBER- SEA TURTLE NESTING SEASON


A SEA TURTLE WITH SAND ON HER FACE AND EYES


FLORIDA-THE MOST IMPORTANT NESTING AREA IN THE UNITED STATES FOR SEA TURTLES

Did you know that Florida is home to 50,000 sea turtles?  In just a few weeks female sea turtles will start coming ashore to lay her eggs.   The nesting season begins in May until late October.   The female sea turtle nests every two to three years.   In one season, she lays several   nests.
The task of coming to ashore is very hard work; the female turtle drags her massive body to the beach and uses her back flippers to dig a hole so she can lay around 100 rubbery eggs the same size as a ping pong ball.  Next, the turtle instinctively uses her flippers to cover up her eggs with sand.  Sometimes, the sand will end up on the turtle’s eyes making it virtually impossible to return back to the ocean.   This is what happened to the sea turtle I came across near my home in Haiti.   The turtle’s eyes were completely covered with sand and could not see well enough to return to the ocean. 
 I so wanted to help return the sea turtle back to the ocean, but much to my dismay my father ordered the cook to make soup out of the turtle.  YAK! YAK!  I never touched that soup and I will never, ever forget that horrible day.  That night, I cried myself to sleep.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEE A TURTLE
if you live near the beach, or you are on vacation and you come across a sea turtle
call the Florida Marine Patrol at 1-800-DIAL FMP