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Baby Sea Turtle Left Behind Survives With Loving Support



Dear Wellness Seekers,

Baby Sea Turtle Left Behind Survives With Loving Support shares a the story of one of caring for one God’s littlest and most precious creatures – the diminishing sea turtles. You may recall a few weeks ago Spanista shared the discovery of a fresh nest along Jensen Beach on the Florida Treasure Coast. You can see the pictures here of the huge nest. The ridges in the sand are the turtles flippers flippers that help them navigate through the sand. The look like tire tracks in the sand.

For today’s Reflection Walk, I was hoping time would be on my side as I am here on the coast now to experience the birth of these enchanting creatures. And as good fortune has it today was one of those days. What an amazing experience. The devoted turtle rescue team said the nest actually hatched the eggs three days ago. She was digging up the next to check the egg inventory to  count what number actually hatched and just discovered this little dude was still there surviving on egg yolk from a broken egg. She help out of the next and pointed him toward the surf so he could take flight in the surf like he is supposed to.

Take a look at this video –

 I found myself whispering a quiet prayer for his survival as he approached the sea – how does something so little manage in that aggressive body of water with no friends to swim with and face the under water world –  but they do to grow up strong only to return to carry on the ways for ancient generations of turtles that came before him. After three waves he made it! Studies indicates once Nemo grows up and it is time to lay eggs, this turtle will knows where to return because they have a magnetic field detection system built-in. They will get land within 35 miles of their birth place to bring forward the next generation.

Spanista could not help but think of the beloved movie ‘Finding Nemo’ – So we agreed to name him Nemo!

Baby Sea Turtle Left Behind Survives With Loving Support offers a bit of background for you. Hutchinson Island is witness to many newborn babies including endangered sea turtles. Five species of sea turtles are found swimming in Florida’s waters and nesting on Hutchinson Island beaches including Green Sea Turtles, Loggerhead Sea Turtles, Ridley’s Kemp Sea Turtles, Hawksbill Sea Turtles, and Leatherback Sea Turtles. Annually, sea turtles annually make between 40,000 and 84,000 nests along the Florida coast. The nests are monitored daily during the 109-day sea turtle nesting season (May 15 to August 31). Hatching periods for Loggerheads and Green Eggs are 45-55 days and for Leatherbacks 70 -80 days. This was a Reflection Walk I will always remember.

To Your Self Care Journey of Joy,


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