Terrapin Hatchlings Emerge!

unnamed (4)Sandy Neck Turtle Monitor Eva Golden and Sandy Neck Park Manager Nina Coleman pose with a couple of day-old Terrapin Hatchlings before releasing them safely into the salt marsh

Keep a careful eye out while hiking on the marsh trail of Sandy Neck. For the next 3 months, these tiny, quarter-sized turtle hatchlings will be emerging from the sand dunes and making the treacherous journey back into the marsh where they will spend the rest of their lives. Although thousands of hatchlings may emerge, only about 1 in 100 will make it to adulthood.

Luckily, the phenomenal weather this summer has allowed many nests to begin hatching earlier than normal, providing these cute little hatchlings with plenty of time, energy and resources to give them a better shot at survival.

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 Sean Kortis                                                                                                                                                              Barnstable Natural Resource Officer


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