This is the third nest of baby loggerhead sea turtles to hatch from Henderson Beach State Park in Destin, Florida.
DESTIN — People walking the beach last week got a special treat as baby sea turtles hatched from a nest at Henderson Beach State Park.
Emily J. Zerebiny shared videos with the Northwest Florida Daily News from the event that was supervised by a park ranger.
Zerebiny was excited by the moment.
“Witnessed the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen, baby sea turtles hatched and found their way to the ocean with the help of the park rangers,” Zerebiny wrote.
Linda Smith is the Assistant Park Manager and witnessed the hatching.
“We went to check on the nest and we found that there were hatchlings and we recovered the nest and let them come out naturally,” Smith said. “Our campers were just there and able to share in the excitement in the hatching.”
Smith said all 31 baby sea turtles made it to the water safely.
She said park rangers are permitted by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to properly handle hatching events like this.
The state park has had four turtle nests this year. This is the third one to hatch. All four nests contained loggerhead turtle eggs, according to Smith.
The park does not advertise sea turtle hatchings but Smith said they were happy that some beachgoers and campers from the park were there to learn about sea turtles.
Zerebiny was one of those people who happened to be on the beach about 8 p.m. when the turtles began to hatch.
“Went on a walk earlier in the day and came across the sea turtle nest. Then took another walk tonight for the sunset and it was perfect timing. The park rangers just arrived and educated us and told us rules while they did their job. So amazing and something I will never forget. Thank you park rangers!”
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