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Loggerhead Turtle Hatchlings

Loggerhead Turtle Hatchlings
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Copyright: Ken Shew (kshew) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 30] (202)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-05
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Nikon D70
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-08 4:15
Viewed: 3928
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This pic is of aloggerhead turtle hatchling
at Mon Repos.
Mon Repos is located on the east coast
of Australia and is one of the 2 largest
loggerhead turtle rookeries in the South
Pacific region. Each summer up to 300
turtles visit and lay their eggs.
Nov-Feb is generally when females come
to lay their eggs and Jan to Mar is
when the eggs hatch and the hatchlings
go out to sea.
We were hoping to see both nesting turtles
and hatchlings but the nesting season had
all but ended.
Loggerheads mature at 30 years old.
On our particular night,
under the guidance of Wildlife
Service Rangers about 40 hatchlings
crawled out from under the sand.
I likened it to a volcano eruption as
they poured out once the first reached
the sand surface and headed down the beach.
The hatchlings in this pic are a few inches long
and just crawling out from under the sand.
Flash photography was allowed at this point
but not when they were actually heading to the
sea as they will follow the lowest light
source as flashes will disrupt their sense of direction.
We "assisted" the long trek by lining up and making a column of flashlights
as they'd crawl under our legs (and over over feet :-)) then out to the sea.

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