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Webcam captures hatching sea turtles


Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Monday, July 28, 2014, 1:43 PM - It took some patience, and probably a good bit of bandwidth, but a webcam in the Florida Keys managed to capture the birth of around 100 baby loggerhead turtles on Friday night.

Their mother laid her eggs at the site several weeks prior to the three-inch-long creatures hatching and burrowing out of the sand.

Their next stop: The sea, after a perilous journey along the beach to the shore, fully exposed to any predators that happen to be around.

The video is in black and white because it was shot in infrared, rather than lighting up the nest and filming with a regular camera; The artificial light could have confused the hatchlings and possibly diverted them from the sea.

The webcam, funded by the Florida Keys tourism council, was watching the burrow for two weeks, in an effort to raise awareness of the plight of the turtle species that next along the Florida coast.

Of those species, five are threatened or endangered, including loggerheads.


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