Archive for June, 2010

23rd June
written by Susan


Sea turtle hatchlings moving toward light. (photo: qnr-away for a while on Flickr)

These sea turtle babies appeared over at the FDL blog on Friday. Triggered by the sighting, my mind flashed back to a family vacation in Florida (1969?). Out for an evening beach walk, our family encountered a large group of turtles spread over a wide area – who were in various stages of digging nests and laying eggs!   

Most of all I remember the tears; giant pearl droplets that ran out of their turtle eyes as they dropped dozens of eggs in the nest holes. Why were they crying? Perhaps they were sad? This 12 year old girl did not understand.   

Today I read that the sea turtles in the Florida Gulf are in danger. And it’s not just from the oily dispersant-filled waters. BP cleanup efforts conducted on beaches at night under bright lights have the potential to disorient and confuse hatchlings. As a result, many may not find their way to the sea. This is shaping up to be another potentially devastating problem.   

Lest we forget, the act of cleaning up has consequences too.   

Of course the turtles don’t know about the toxic brew in the waters. And as long as the BP lights are off, they’ll be on their way. Yet I’m afraid and sad for the little guys…it seems the odds of them making it through are so small. This time giant pearl drop tears run out of my eyes.   

Today I learned that sea turtles cry to remove excess salt from their body and to clear sand from their eyes while on land. Their eggs hatch about eight weeks after they’ve been laid. Very few eggs actually hatch, and the hatchlings that survive will have to overcome many obstacles. Upon hatching they orient to the brightest part of the sky, the horizon, and on the way enter into the sea.   

I am reminded how perfectly Mother Nature provides for her children.   

She’s practical, and as designed, uses tears to remove excesses and encumbrances. She’s proactive, laying many eggs to counter balance the reality that few will hatch. Mother Nature imbeds wisdom into her “art-work” as a female sea turtle knows her duty and fulfills her destiny when nests are dug and eggs are laid. There are no attachments to the act of birth or expectations for the future. Since mother sea turtles are not around when the eggs hatch, the hatchlings instinctively initiate the process of survival…they simply follow the light.   

What could we learn from Mother Nature that might help us now?   

That Nature protects and provides, renews and reclaims. That there is perfection in the design and in the processes of birth, life, and death. That things are what they are.   

Thankfully there are kind, concerned folks who are fighting for the turtles; let’s hope they will succeed. Life in the Gulf requires great patience and strength. May those who are fighting for the lives of Mother Nature’s children be blessed.   

May the sea turtles find their way.   

We send what aid we can…including our LOVE and gratitude.