Saturday, March 11, 2006

Hope for sea turtles

A beautiful news story about sea turtles over at

Feeling the rough sand for only the second time since they were hatched on this resort island, a dozen marine turtles inched their way toward the waters off the coast, following the fading light of sunset as their guide to a vast new home.

What a noble thing Club Paradise is doing! What a hopeful message to bring to this environment-hostile world of ours.

And I just found out about this amazing fact:

According to Humphreys, it is important for marine turtles to walk on the sand before reaching the sea to allow the minerals in their body to register the magnetic field of the earth at that spot.

Female marine turtles that survive return to the exact same place where they were born to lay their own eggs.

It is hoped that the dozen or so babies released last week would make the return trip to this island and deliver the next generation of marine turtles, which will again follow the sun and propagate their kind for another 30, 50 or 150 years.

Sea turtles have that ability? To be able to find the exact same place where they were born? Wow!
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