Last year (2010), I took my family to Miami for vacation. We stayed a a nice hotel and the weather was great. Something extraordinary happened while I was there. One morning around 6:00am, I took my youngest daughter, Jade, down to the beach to watch the sun rise. We were the only ones on the beach. We sat down and noticed a hump of sand not too far from us and tracks that lead from the hump directly to the Ocean. The tracks looked like something with long fins dug into the sand to gain traction. I wondered if it was a Sea Turtle Nest. I went back to the room and email the CTURTLE listserv. Some users got back to me immediately proving me with directions on how to handle the situation. I called the US Fisheries and Wildlife and told the hotel clerks. The nest was secured and no one went near it.
This experience brought me closer to Sea Turtles that I ever felt. I may not have seen the large mother turtle lay the eggs, but I knew I helped babies of an endangered species get back to the Ocean. I now feel a connection to Sea Turtles and I would like to help them in more ways. I’m not sure how I can to this, but I thought that I would show you this video produced by Conservation International of a Sea Turtle laying eggs and leaving to go to the Ocean. I did’t get to see this, but I thought you should.