Today was definitely my lucky day, I was asked to sub for another turtle permittee volunteer on the West End of the Island and part of the duties involved doing a Green Turtle inventory - sweet!
The nest hatched a few days prior and the conditions looked good .... come and see....
|As you can see the nest was equipped with a self-releasing mesh to protect it from Coyotes.|
|After I removed the mesh, I softly removed the sand in the egg chamber - encountering roots and very damp sand in the bottom which was caused from the unusually high amount of rain that we've had this past week - 12"+|
|This turned out to be a smaller than average clutch - we counted 50 empty shells, 6 damaged eggs, 19 unhatched eggs and 1 live hatchling.|
|The egg chamber went down a couple feet.|
|We kept the hatchling in a bucket - I put a 6" ruler next to it for size comparison.|
|Since Green Turtles are an Endangered Specie - the Florida Fish & Wildlife have documentation protocol - one of which is to take lots of photos - take a look....|
|Hopefully this little guy will be one of the lucky ones to make it to adulthood and will achieve a shell length of 3-4 ft, weight 250-400 lbs. Diet: sea grass and algae.|