Sunday, September 8, 2013
Photo Essay: Baby Sea Turtle Release as as Educational Tool
This release at Maeda Point in Okinawa, Japan took place September 4, 2013.
The little sea turtles had hatched earlier that day.
Baby Loggerheads (Caretta caretta) are about the size of my Swiss Army Knife.
At first, I was worried about trying to take photos with all the children handling them.
But, they got a lesson from an expert in sea life preservation.
There were plenty of parents and teachers on hand to supervise the project.
The boys and girls handled them gently.
The little turtles were the rambunctious ones. They want to run into the ocean !
A line was drawn in the sand.
The people with little flip flops, had to stay behind and let the baby turtles go.
Only adults and cameramen were allowed to follow the turtles to the sea.
So, that's what we did.
The little critters made a run for the coast, at high tide.
And, it looks like a happy ending when they hit the water.
Sometimes, Mother Nature has other plans for them.
And, they get tossed, by the tide, back onto the beach.
They wiggle and thrash around with those strong front legs until they get it right.
Eventually, they make it out into the open sea.
It would be nice to see more people around the globe teaching children about them.
Here is a list of resources: