Thursday, June 08, 2006

Female Loggerhead Sea Turtle





This is the female loggerhead sea turtle we watched nest last night on the beach. These pictures were taken after she had completed her nesting chore as any lights before that time might have caused her to abandon her cause.

Additional note
You can click on the pics and see them much larger and detailed. In the second one you can see what remains of her right front flipper.

34 Comments:

Blogger a rose is a rose said...

wicked cool!

June 09, 2006 4:40 AM  
Blogger Left of Center said...

awesome, one of the nice things about living in Fla.

June 09, 2006 4:50 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

I'm very fond of turtles and I never would have seen this.

Thanks.

June 09, 2006 4:59 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Must have been a great evening. Thanks for sharing.

June 09, 2006 5:12 AM  
Anonymous rebellious renee said...

PoP...what great pictures...thanks so much for sharing them with us.

And thanks so much for this blog!

June 09, 2006 5:49 AM  
Blogger shutterwi said...

Cool stuff. I've always wanted to see this migration and nesting. Getting to see it after a nice dinner and walk on the beach..well ...priceless!

Just curious is that you in the last photo ;)?

June 09, 2006 6:00 AM  
Anonymous abi said...

Quite a big lady. I wonder how old she is.

June 09, 2006 7:13 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Wow, barnacles and all, she looks too pooped to pop!

June 09, 2006 7:18 AM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

She had crawled on shore and carried her approx 250-300lb body way up on the beach. Then she dug her nest cavity with her back flippers, dropped approx 100 eggs, and covered the nest with her front flippers by pushing sand behind her. Sadly, for whatever reason, she was missing most of her right front flipper. Probably the result of a shark or other predator. So covering the nest was especially difficult for her taking her much more time that it would a normal turtle. Then she had the long crawl back to the ocean. She was indeed exhausted.

June 09, 2006 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Patsi said...

POP -- I don't often post, but wanted to let you know how much I like reading your thoughts and seeing the photos! Thanks for the blog!

June 09, 2006 8:13 AM  
Blogger Walt said...

Beautiful pictures. It's amazing to see, and to know that this animal and its ancestors have been acting out this little drama for literal eons.

June 09, 2006 9:33 AM  
Blogger Sothis said...

Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing them!

June 09, 2006 10:09 AM  
Blogger eProf2 said...

SeƱora y yo really enjoyed the photos. Thanks for sharing them with us.

June 09, 2006 10:25 AM  
Blogger Time said...

Nature, everyday for millions of years. AWESOME!

June 09, 2006 12:28 PM  
Blogger glenda said...

awesome.truly magnificent.

June 09, 2006 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Robotbuddha said...

That really must've been something to see. Great photos.

June 09, 2006 12:39 PM  
Blogger isabelita said...

Thanks for these photos. I've only ever seen this event on nature shows, it must be amazing live.
I did see a young orca and its mother a couple of weekends ago, while out kayaking in the San Juan Islands up here in Washington State.
We've got to appreciate these critters while we can...

June 09, 2006 1:49 PM  
Blogger Frederick said...

Wow. Beautiful.

June 09, 2006 1:56 PM  
Blogger blueINdallas said...

They are adorable! You are so lucky to get to see things like that!

Someone at my office found 2 baby mockingbirds today; they went to the Humane Society, so hope they can get them to a bird person.

June 09, 2006 2:50 PM  
Blogger Trial.Lawyer.Richard said...

POP: Over the years, my Wife and I have volunteered to release the little sea turtle hatchlings both here and down in Broward County. They are so cute when they hatch. They tell us to "point them to the sea" to let the experience imprint on them. We have gone on turtle walks here in Palm Beach County too.

Rich

June 09, 2006 5:28 PM  
Blogger Human said...

So cool.
Will you go watch'em hatch?
Peace.

June 09, 2006 5:56 PM  
Blogger PoliShifter said...

very cool

June 09, 2006 6:03 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

PoP

Thank you for letting us share this experience. Do let us know when the little ones make their brave trip to the sea.

June 09, 2006 7:33 PM  
Blogger BrotherCurmudgeon said...

Once a man. Twice a child. Thanks for bringing back my childhood.

June 09, 2006 8:11 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Those are amazing pics...I love turtles. We see them from time to time off the coast of Maine, but they are very rare.

June 09, 2006 10:03 PM  
Blogger thepoetryman said...

Loved the pics. What a big turtle!

I'm jealous of your locale! :>/

June 09, 2006 11:02 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

Thanks for sharing...I too would love to watch the babies if it is possible for you to be there when they do.

June 10, 2006 1:43 AM  
Anonymous Betty Cracker said...

Great photos! I was once lucky enough to see baby turtles hatch and make their way to the sea on Satellite Beach. I've seen a few mothers come ashore to lay eggs over here on my coast, but never the hatchlings.

June 10, 2006 3:14 AM  
Blogger Reflections said...

I never tire of seeing nature, and I live in a spot where we see it daily if you look. Many take it for granted.

June 10, 2006 3:53 AM  
Blogger Zee said...

Thanks for sharing, awesome!

June 10, 2006 5:19 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Doesn't she look wise and ancient?

June 10, 2006 5:44 AM  
Blogger PTCruiser said...

What a cool thing to be able to experience. Thanks for sharing, PoP.

June 10, 2006 11:50 AM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...

Turtles are amazing.

I was lucky and had a chance to scuba dive with a big one in the Cayman Islands. I was so mesmerized by the experience I nearly killed myself by running out of air.

Good Times.

June 11, 2006 8:01 AM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

thanks for posting on this...so beautiful...the cycle of Life...we need to remember this...and treasure it....I grew up spending my summers on Sanibel watching the Turtles and dolphins- it changed me forever...

June 13, 2006 2:00 PM  

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