Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

August 19, 2012

So Many Babies And Counting~

  A Loggerhead Hatchling

What a joy it is to report this kind of story for a change.
It gets very old, day after day, talking about the countless tragedies involving
Endangered Wildlife here in Florida, but this is all so good!
There are Loggerheads, Leatherbacks and Greens, all are either Threatened
or Endangered and all are producing offspring this season in the highest numbers
that have been seen in the state in many years.
So many Floridians have done so much for them for so long and this year,
finally, they can pat themselves on the back for a job well done.
Protective and Environmental groups all across the state have worked tirelessly
to make this happen and this years "bumper crop" is their reward!
These groups and random strangers have done everything from " lights out at night, "
to eliminating traps, trash and nets that can harm the Turtles.
Is this the beginning of a new upswing for a precarious group of reptiles that
has teetered on the brink of decimation for so very long?
Only time will tell, and as the experts here are saying,
" let's wait to see if they come back next year to make more babies! "

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