Thursday, June 16, 2011

Caspersen Beach

A turtle nest protected by a cage to keep out raccoons.

Sea turtles have apparently been on earth for over 150 million years.  They were around in the days of the dinosaurs.  They are even older than me.
There are seven known species in existence--all of them endangered.  Among the reasons for the declining numbers are, of course, pollution and climate changes.  Adult turtles are poached (not sure why...soup?) and so are the eggs, which are considered by some to be a natural form of Viagra. And then there is the destruction of nesting beaches to make way for the ever voracious development of the hot new property in beach resorts.
Caspersen Beach is largely undeveloped and because of its designation as a rural/wilderness beach, not to mention its rather precarious geographical location, it is most likely to remain that way.  Loggerhead turtles still come here to lay eggs in May and there is an on-going, organized effort for identifying and protecting the nests until the nests hatch out.  
I would love to be here to see that someday.
But that sounds like I am making a bucket list.  Oh, no!

7 comments:

  1. I know a lot of folks who don’t eat eggs (they’re allergic, for health reasons, or concerns about animal cruelty). Here’s an awesome site that gives tips on cooking and baking without eggs: http://EggFreeLiving.com

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  2. I've only seen the little ones hatch and run, on tv. Of course. But it was bitter/sweet to see. For obvious reasons.

    Bucket List. Don't want one. I'd think that if I completed it, I'd "be done." And I don't want to "be done," for a long time. :-)

    ~♥~

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  3. I was once invited on a turtle hunt sponsored by the Fl. Game and Fish. It was night and the tiny little turtle hatchlings were all heading for the seawalls as they were attracted to the condo lights thinkiing they were the moon.
    We would put them into buckets and then they were put into protective tanks till they could be turned loose at a safe time. It was such a great night.Hope you get the chance.

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  4. Interesting. As far as the bucket list goes, I thought of making one, and in fact started one, but I lost it.

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  5. I have read an interesting novel about sea turtles, but I don't remember the author or title. I don't have a bucket list... I'm more the spur of the moment type of gal. What happens if you get to the bottom of the bucket list?

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  6. I have read an interesting novel about sea turtles, but I don't remember the author or title. I don't have a bucket list... I'm more the spur of the moment type of gal. What happens if you get to the bottom of the bucket list?

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  7. Yeah, a bucket list is just tempting fate. Resist the urge.

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