She learned that...
- Loggerhead turtles have existed on Earth for millions of years.
- In the summer, the loggerhead sea turtle leaves the water during the night and crawls ashore to lay her eggs in a sandy nest.
- The turtle, weighing anywhere from 250 to 400 pounds, digs a nest cavity with her rear flippers then deposits approximately 100 ping-pong ball sized eggs into the chamber. She then covers the eggs with sand and returns to the sea.
- In about two months, a cluster of tiny hatchlings emerge from the sand.
- A very small percentage of hatchlings survive to maturity.
- The hatchlings will return to the same beach later in their life to lay their own eggs.