Monday, September 3, 2012

Saving NJ baby turtles from an unpleasant awakening

This from the Facebook page of The Wetlands Institute:
In two recent trips to East Point Lighthouse (at the mouth of the Maurice River, where it empties into Delaware Bay), staff and volunteers from the Wetlands Institute and US Army Corps Engineers rescued 324 terrapin hatchlings from a beach front road stabilization project site. With construction set to begin in mid-September, we rescued hatchlings from what would have been an unpleasant awakening. Diamondback terrapin hatchlings remain in underground nest chambers until they emerge in the fall or spring. We carefully used rakes, shovels, hoes, and our hands to excavate the 300-foot section of Delaware Bay beach and delicately remove the fragile hatchlings from their nest chambers. All hatchlings were released in a nearby salt marsh.  
— EastPoint Light hatchling rescue (8 photos) 

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