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for Coastwatch Vol. 8 Issue 5, May 1981
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Tracking the movements of sea turtles can be difficult. It is especially difficult to track male turtles because once they hatch and go to the ocean; they don’t come back onto land. There is some known information on female sea turtles though and from that scientists hope to learn more.
Sea turtles get caught in fishermen’s nets all the time. However, a new device is being designed to fit onto a fisherman’s net that will sort out any heavy objects, such as a sea turtle, and push it through a trap door in the bottom of the net. This is expected to save many turtles from being trapped and killed by the nets.
Sea turtles are in trouble. The leading factor is development of beaches. With off road vehicle tracks, and human foot prints, baby turtles get stuck and eventually eaten. Other factors affecting their journey to the ocean are street lights, raccoons, and foxes.
The ritual of a mother sea turtle has been described as almost magical. From the lumbering out of the sea to the digging of the nest, the mother turtle dutifully does her task until the eggs are lain and the nest is hidden.
Many a story has been passed down about sea turtles. From the Hindu tale of the turtle with the world on its back, to the myth that sea turtle eggs are an aphrodisiac all are tall tales.