Florida Keys Webcam Captures Sea Turtle Hatch
Check out this amazing video from the The Florida Keys & Key West working in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission showing nearly 100 loggerhead sea turtles emerge from their nest and head to the Atlantic Ocean!
Infrared lighting, a live-streaming, high-definition "turtle webcam" positioned on a beach in the Florida Keys recorded the hatch.
The camera uses infrared lighting so hatchlings won't be confused by artificial light and will go to sea - guided by moonlight reflecting on the water -- instead of pushing further onto land.
The webcam is part of ongoing efforts in the Florida Keys to raise awareness of sea turtles and the need to protect them.
If you see a turtle nest hatching, remember not to touch the hatchlings and remember to keep your flashlight switched off! Baby turtles are attracted to the light, and your flashlight will disorient them. Don’t try to help the hatchlings into the water—they are really good at getting there themselves. Female turtles need to walk down the beach to be able to remember the site when they come back to lay eggs of their own in 20 years.
If you do come across a baby sea turtle who appears ill and in need of care, you can bring it to Loggerhead Marinelife Center. If they are not open, you can leave it in the cooler out front of their entrance.
If you see anyone violating the laws protecting sea turtles then call the local police department or wildlife authorities.