As she and her family rode their bikes and walked the shoreline, they noticed turtle nests on the dunes. She was told by beach patrol that the nests housed loggerhead turtle eggs. She was also told that the eggs mostly hatched at night. So, it was a special surprise when, one afternoon, a boy was walking by the nests and saw a baby turtle plow his way out from under the sand and make its way toward the sunshine. The boy watched as the infant struggled to make its long journey from nest to water. What happened next inspired a community of perfect strangers to join together in a common effort and cause. The little boy instinctively watched over the baby, he hovered over it as he followed it across the beach, shielding it from the seagulls who had begun to gather for a potential turtle feast. The little boy chaperoned the turtle all the way across the white sand until it found the water and began to swim.
Within minutes, more turtles hatched. More people flocked to the beach and worked together to guard each and every baby as they made the heroic journey to the sea. Three hours later, more than 100 baby loggerheads had made it safely to the ocean due to the kindness and compassion of roughly 30 beach lovers.
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.
"What I hear, I forget.
What I see, I remember.
What I do, I understand."
As you go through your day, seek out the lessons and the learning that is part of living. Get your curiosity starting to bubble again, ask questions, wonder, search, seek, discover, uncover and explore. If you have children, make learning a part of every day—not just a school day.
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