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Sea Turtle Release

Oct 2nd, 2013 | Category: Announcements, Coastal Corner, MDC News

The New Smyrna sea turtle volunteers released green sea turtle hatchlings Tuesday night (10/1) at 7:15 PM at Esther Street Park.
They were the ones at the bottom of a hatched nest that needed a little more time to mature. Note the albino among these hatchlings and the cheering squad as these babies began their sea journey.
Lisa D. Mickey, one of MDC’s eco-tour guides, captured these pictures.

Baby Green Sea Turtles that were released tonight into the Atlantic Ocean. Note the albino turtle.

Baby Green Sea Turtles that were released tonight into the Atlantic Ocean. Note the albino turtle. — in New Smyrna Beach.

Heading-to-sea

This little hatchling is ready to go. Instinct takes over and they swim nonstop for three days to reach the Sargasso Sea, where they may live for three years among the sargassum grass (seaweed).

Voyage-begins

Night is falling and this little sea turtle begins its voyage into the Atlantic Ocean. If it is a male, it never returns to land. If it is a female, she will return to this exact beach some day to lay her eggs.

Cheering-4-turtles-'13

These local citizens care enough to want to see nature work. There was cheering on the beach when these baby turtles entered the surf on their maiden voyage.