sea turtle egg shell 🐢🥚🐚🌾
went looking for hatching babies on my walk, ended up only finding half a dozen little lifeless bodies.
fun fact. the brevard county coast is the largest nesting ground for loggerhead & green sea turtles in the world.
the brevard zoo is currently refuge to over 1,500 baby sea turtles who were confused, hurt, or displaced by hurricane irma. sadly hundreds of nests were destroyed by the storm & soft little egg shells strewn across the shore are all that's left.
if you find a baby sea turtle that looks hurt, stuck, or confused, there are multiple local locations you can take them to in brevard. if you're planning on going to the beach during this hatching season, or if you just live in florida, i encourage you to do some quick research on where your closest sea turtle rescue is, how to interact (or how to not!) with sea turtles, & general rules regarding them.
if it's heading towards the water, your best bet is to just leave it alone, observe from a distance. you can be fined for even touching certain sea turtles because they are threatened or endangered (how any floridian doesn't know this, i don't understand. but just putting it out there since we hear stories every year)
also, if you have kids or friends with kids, remind them to fill holes at the end of their beach trip. i saw & filled in about a dozen sand castle motes. those holes become pits that baby sea turtles get stuck & can become easy prey.