Digging holes at the beach endangering sea turtle hatchlings

Holes at beach endanger turtle hatchling - Right now the world for some loggerhead hatchlings is limited to a little aquarium. But soon they will have the whole ocean.

Researchers at Loggerhead Marinelife Center will release them, but some hatchlings aren't as lucky.
Stuck in man-made holes on the beach, .they may never make it to the shore.

Adrienne McCracken from the Loggerhead Marinelife Center talks about what they see while surveying the beach

"One of my surveyors, she came across a depression that  someone had left that was literally only a couple inches deep but that's enough to keep these hatchlings in that hole and they can't get themselves out," said McCracken.

Katie Mitchell is a beach goer and mom, she never thought her son digging holes could bother turtles.

"He likes to dig holes and if he digs a hole that is really big I think about covering it up for people so that they wouldn't trip in it but it never really occurred to me that it could prevent sea turtles from making their way from their next to the ocean," said Mitchell.

In fact, there are many man-made obstacles hatchlings have to cross to get to the water. Litter, beach chairs, objects washing up. On average only 1 in 5,000 hatchlings ever makes it to adulthood.

"It is a tough world, it's tough to be a hatchling" McCracken says.

Let's not make it any tougher on them. If you build sand castles or dig holes on the beach, don't forget to knock them down!
 

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