Photo Credit: Rebecca Harrison, USFWS
Caption: Pictured on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, baby Loggerhead Turtles boil (emerge) from their nest, which averages about 100 eggs. On Pea Island Refuge, normal incubation ranges from 60-65 days. These tiny sea turtles (3"-4") face huge challenges on their journey to adulthood. It's estimated only 1 in 1,000 reach maturity. When they do survive, Loggerheads are the world's largest hard-shelled turtle.
Register now for the 22nd annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival, October 15-20. Over 85 birding, paddling, photography, natural history & art activities, https://www.wingsoverwater.org/
Visit National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island. Open 7 days a week 9 am-4 pm Mon-Sat & Noon-4 pm Sun. Admission is free. https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Alligator_River/
USE YOUR MANNERS and BASIC COMMON SENSE! For the safety of yourself and your family, as well as the wildlife you are viewing, ALWAYS VIEW FROM A SAFE DISTANCE! If you see a change in the behavior of the wildlife (they move away, etc), you are TOO CLOSE! And. remember: all traffic laws apply on Refuge roads. Seat belts, car seats for children, etc. - whatever is required by the State on a public highway is required on the Refuge! Learn more about tips for safety during bear encounters at http://bearwise.org/bear-safety-tips/bear-encounter/