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The Survival of the Sea Turtle
Sea turtles are miraculous. First, they've been aroundsince the late Jurassic, roughly 150 million years ago. Cohorts of the dinosaurs, sea turtles have survivedthrough the challenges of eons, existing still today, where many othershave ended their evolutionary run. Second, throughout the centuriesand up till today,
every living adult sea turtlehas overcome the odds, existing as a consequence of chance, skill, and capability. The gauntlet each sea turtle facesin the course of its lifetime goes thus: First, deposited as a clutch of leathery,pingpong ballsized eggs into a nesting pit dug by its motherhigh on the beach, of the 50 to 200 eggs laid, roughly 20 percent will never hatch.
Roughly a month and a halfafter having been laid, the surviving eggs hatch, and the young turtles, each small enoughto fit in the palm of your hand, squirm to the surface,emerging from the sand en masse, and making their desperatedash for the sea. Along the way, debris, pitfalls, crabs, gulls, raccoons, and other threats will claim roughly 50 percent of thosewho rose from the sand.
For those that actually reach the surf, they trade one set of threats for another, as they first facethe repelling force of the waves, and then find a whole newhost of predators awaiting them: Various fish, dolphins,sharks, and sea birds, as the young turtlescome to the surface for air. For their first few days of life, should they count themselvesamongst the living,
the vulnerable turtlesswim frantically forward. Ultimately, they will oftenlook to settle in a patch of flotsam, preferably a patch of floating seaweed. Now for the next several months, they will seek to avoidthose that would eat them, find that which they might eat themselves, and not fall to the pressuresof challenging weather or unfortunate currents.
In this phase, roughly 50 percentof those who reach the surf will perish. Ultimately, with the passage of years, the survivors will increase in size, from that of a dinner plate at year one to that of a dinner table, in the case of one speciesat least, the leatherback, a decade or so later.
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