Webcam Captures 100 Endangered Baby Turtles Hatching in Florida

Jul 28, 2014

An endangered species just got a slight population boom. A live webcam in the Florida Keys captured the hatching of approximately 100 baby loggerhead sea turtles on Monday.

It is the first high-definition video to capture a sea turtle hatch, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The national service and Florida's state service of the same name have undergone a string of efforts to ensure the proliferation of the turtles, which have been listed as a threatened species since 1978.

"It's so important here in the Keys to protect these nests and these turtles," said Harry Appel, president of the Save-a-Turtle organization based in Florida. "They've been around for millions, maybe hundreds of millions, of years."

The baby turtles emerged on Friday night and, guided by dim moonlight, made their way to the nearby Atlantic Ocean, where they will spend their days.

The World's Most Endangered Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises

The Mary River turtle
The Mary River turtle is found in Australia, and is relatively tiny. It's endangered, thanks in part to the pet trade—it's also known as the Pet Shop turtle.Jason Edwards—National Geographic/Getty Images
The Mary River turtle
Indochinese box turtle
Radiated Tortoise
Coahuilan box turtle
Heosemys depressa, Arakan forest turtle
Worker from Rome's Biopark zoo holds a Testudo Kleinmanni hatchling in Rome
The Sulawesi forest turtle
Southern river terrapin
Madagascar big-headed turtle, Erymnochlys madagascariensis
Burmese Star tortoise
Plowshare Angonoka tortoise
Lonesome George, Pinta Island Tortoise
The Mary River turtle is found in Australia, and is relatively tiny. It's endangered, thanks in part to the pet trade—it
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