The Panhandle gears up for turtle season

Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 04:45 PM.

The Green has a long tail that leaves its own track through the sand between its flippers.

Loggerheads tend to be sensitive to disturbances and impediments and 50 percent of the time after they come ashore, they won't nest, but go back out to sea.

All of the species tend to nest in the dark of night, except for the rare Kemp Ridley, which can often be found nesting in mid afternoon. The Kemp's Ridley is smaller, round, and gray, and they also have a wavy, alternating gate similar to the Loggerhead's.

The hatchlings that emerge from these turtle's nests and survive, will return in 30 years to the same spot they were hatched, to lay their own eggs.

In Florida , 57 beaches participate in the tracking process. The Panhandle has less participating than any other area in Florida .     


Sun Reporter Deborah Wheeler will be a volunteer turtle walker and will be offering periodic updates on her experiences.

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