Sea turtle hatchling emerges in heartwarming video

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In a heartwarming video shared on social media, Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials captured the magical moment of a baby sea turtle making its way out of its nest on an Outer Banks beach. This particular Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, affectionately dubbed "the last straggler," emerged from its nest just days ago on Hatteras Island, North Carolina. The video was taken by biologists who responded to reports from beach-goers and went out to document the final moments of these emerging sea turtles.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is home to five different types of sea turtles, including the Kemp’s ridley, leatherback, hawksbill, loggerhead, and green sea turtles. While these magnificent creatures can be spotted along the seashore throughout the year, the nesting grounds for the loggerhead, green, leatherback, and Kemp’s ridley turtles are the northernmost limits of their nesting range. The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, in particular, has faced significant challenges and is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. However, after a population decline in the past, this species has experienced a remarkable rebound.


Baby Sea Turtles Hatch on Outer Banks Beach

Officials from Cape Hatteras National Seashore recently shared a heartwarming video on social media of a baby sea turtle emerging from its nest on an Outer Banks beach. The video captured the last straggler from a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle nest that hatched earlier in the week on Hatteras Island, North Carolina. Biologists were called in to document the emergence of these little ones after beach-goers reported them to the Stranding Hotline.

Sea Turtle Species at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is home to five different species of sea turtles, including the Kemp’s ridley, leatherback, hawksbill, loggerhead, and green sea turtles. While these turtles can be found along the seashore year-round, the nesting grounds for the loggerhead, green, leatherback, and Kemp’s ridley turtles are located on the beaches of Cape Hatteras. It is the extreme northern limits of their nesting grounds, according to the National Park Service (NPS).

The Endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle

The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. This species experienced a significant population decline from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s. However, there has been a remarkable rebound in their numbers since then. In 1985, there were only 702 nests recorded, which was a record low. But efforts to protect and conserve these turtles have led to an increase in their population.

Protecting Sea Turtles on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

If you happen to see a sea turtle while visiting Cape Hatteras National Seashore, it is important to report the sighting by calling 252-216-6892. However, it is essential to keep a safe distance of at least 30 feet from the turtle. If you come across a nesting sea turtle, it is advised to stay quiet and avoid disturbing her while she is on the beach. These measures help ensure the safety and conservation of these endangered creatures.

Overall, the hatching of baby sea turtles on the Outer Banks beach is a positive sign for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle population. Efforts to protect their nesting grounds and raise awareness about their conservation have contributed to their rebound. However, continued vigilance and conservation efforts are necessary to ensure the long-term survival of these fascinating creatures.

Takeaways:

  • The Cape Hatteras National Seashore recently witnessed the hatching of baby sea turtles, specifically Kemp’s ridley sea turtles.
  • Cape Hatteras is home to five different species of sea turtles, including the Kemp’s ridley, leatherback, hawksbill, loggerhead, and green sea turtles.
  • The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle is listed as endangered, but its population has been rebounding since the 1980s due to conservation efforts.
  • If you encounter a sea turtle on Cape Hatteras National Seashore, it is important to report the sighting and keep a safe distance to ensure their protection.
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