Thursday, July 31, 2014

CAUGHT ON TAPE: Dozens of baby turtles hatch and head home

Key West, FL - You likely have seen the bumper stickers "sea turtles dig the dark". You can truth in action thanks to the Florida Keys Turtle Cam that captured quite a site Friday night, using infrared lighting and a live-streaming, high-definition "turtle webcam".

The feed recorded the hatch of about 100 baby loggerhead sea turtles that bolted from the hole and headed straight to the Atlantic Ocean under dim moonlight.

The camera uses infrared lighting so hatchlings won't be confused by artificial light and will go to sea. The moonlight actually guides them by reflecting off the water

The webcam has been focused on the nest in the Lower Keys for almost two weeks, as part of ongoing efforts in the Florida Keys to raise awareness of protecting sea turtles.

Loggerhead, green, leatherback, hawksbill and Kemp's ridley sea turtles are all considered either threatened or endangered, and are protected by the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission approved the web cam.

Source: Here

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