Sea Turtle Nests Being Relocated to Save Hatchlings From Oily Doom

From TampaBay.com:

To save a generation of sea turtles from being wiped out by the Deepwater Horizon disaster, state and federal biologists have hatched a daring but risky plan.

They plan to excavate the 800 or so nests that the turtles have dug along Florida’s Panhandle beaches and the Alabama coast, and carefully move all the eggs about 500 miles to the east — most likely to a climate-controlled warehouse at Kennedy Space Center.

Any turtles that survive the move and hatch would then be released into the Atlantic Ocean, which so far has not been polluted by the oil spill.

Read the whole article! This move will kill potentially thousands of hatchlings and nobody knows what it will do to their homing instinct, but it may be the only way to save part of this year’s hatch.

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