'Fair' turtle season sees challenges, mysteries

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 02:38 PM.

The normal incubation time for eggs in the ground is around 60 days. But it has not been warm enough this summer for the eggs to hatch that quickly. This year is seeing more hatchings at around the 70-day mark.  Maxwell and her volunteers are giving unborn turtles 80 days this year before they begin digging. A decent amount of incubation time in warm sand is vital for the hatchlings to form correctly.

"Turtle eggs need warmth just like chicken eggs," she explained.

Nesting season is from May 1 through Oct. 31.

Maxwell has been walking, working, and advocating for the survival of sea turtles and their hatchlings in our area since 1995. Follow them online at southwaltonturtlewatch.org

To watch a short Vine video of turtles rushing to the seashore, click here.

To see a turtle struggle in the surf, click here.

1 2 3

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

▲ Return to Top

Local Faves