Gulf Coast rescuers are hatching a daring plan to save as many as 70,000 sea turtle eggs from the fouled water along Florida’s Panhandle.
Each year, thousands of newly hatched sea turtles instinctively scramble toward the water from their nests in sandy beaches. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is determined that this year’s hatchlings won’t be among the Gulf casualties.
In a couple of weeks, biologists plan to relocate all the nests from the Gulf Coast to Florida’s eastern coast, digging up an estimated 700 to 800 nests, containing up to 70,000 eggs, placing them in foam containers and shipping them overland — in FedEx trucks — to Florida’s far side.
They’ll be allowed to complete their incubation, and hopefully the turtles will emerge, to be released into the ocean.
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