"Caretta caretta - Protect sea turtles" Top 5 Page for this destination West Mani Favorite Tip by marka13

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  caretta caretta
by marka13

Favorite thing: Each summer from May through August, something wondrous happens along our beaches: An ancient mariner, the loggerhead sea turtle, leaves the water during the night and crawls ashore to lay her eggs in a sandy nest.

The task of excavating a nest may take her over an hour to accomplish. The turtle - weighing several hundred pounds - laboriously digs a nest cavity with her rear flippers.

She then deposits approximately 100 pliable ping-pong ball sized eggs into the chamber, covers them with sand and returns to the sea.

After roughly a two-month incubation period, a cluster of tiny hatchlings emerges from the sand and scrambles to the Gulf. Unfortunately, their sea-finding ability can be disrupted by lights from buildings and streets. Confused, the hatchlings wander inland and are crushed by vehicles or die from heat exhaustion in the sunlight.

Only a small percentage of hatchlings survive to maturity! Loggerhead turtles have existed on Earth for millions of years with little serious threat to their survival - until recently. Pollution, lighted beaches, loss of nesting habitat, drowning in shrimp nets and other fishing gear have contributed to the drastic decline of these and other sea turtles.

Let's protect it!
Here are some basic rules for turtle-friendly behavior:
-Shut off or shield lights that are visible from the beach.
-Remove beach litter.
-Quietly observe a nesting turtle from a distance.No flash photography.
-Do not harass a turtle
-Keep pets on a leash, away from sea turtles and their nests
-Leave nest sites marked undisturbed and mark a nest site if you notice it.
-To report dead or injured sea turtles, or, to become a volunteer in protecting caretta caretta, contact
tel./fax: +302105231342
e-mail: stps@archelon.gr

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 14, 2003
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