Sunday, April 8, 2012

Leatherback Turtle Nesting On Vieques, Puerto Rico

A member of the Vieques Conservation Historical Trust and a biologist from The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Vieques, Puerto Rico, got to witness first hand a Leatherback turtle laying the eggs in the sand.

Daytime nesting is very rare.  Endangered pregnant Leatherback turtles come out of the sea and lay their eggs into the sand.  Once hatched, the baby sea turtles emerge from the sand and quickly try to reach the sea.  Beach goers in Puerto Rico, have been able to witness the birth of these Leatherback turtles.  Local environmental officials, activists and community members work to protect these nesting grounds.

Take a look at a video of a Leatherback sea turtle nesting during the day at Navío beach on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico:


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