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Monday, October 4th, 2010

Inspiration Monday: The Turtle People


Posted by Becky | View all posts by Becky
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Last night I read my New York Times Sunday magazine in bed and was very moved by an article about the “Turtle People” on the panhandle of Florida and the Gulf Coast of Alabama. These volunteers helped keep the Loggerhead turtle nests guarded from the oil spill clean up crews, as well as taking the eggs, shipping them via FedEx (FedEx’s best P.R. move since their product placement in Cast Away) to the Atlantic coast, where the hatchlings survive by floating on sargassum (seaweed mats) during their lost years. The Turtle People talk about the addiction of looking for mothers coming onshore to dig their nests, and watching the hatchlings emerge from the sand to find their way to water. For years they have been shading these newborns from artificial light that can lure them toward parking lots instead of the water, as well as digging trenches for them to follow. I was hooked and became  a virtual Turtle person just reading about this 700 million year old species. The article literally brought tears to my eyes. When you need a little lift this week, I highly recommend reading it. Click Here. Cheers to the Turtle People!

image by Katherine Wolkoff for The New York Times

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!



  1. Dianna says:

    October 4th, 2010 at 10:11 pm (#)

    We lived in Florida for a # of years. You can see the tracks in the sand from the mother turtle going from the water to shore to lay her eggs.
    These areas are protected.

    During this time all hotels, homes or any other building on the beach are not aloud to have bright lights. The baby turtles mistaken the lights for the moon. It’s a long hike for them to get to the water unharmed.

  2. Aimee says:

    October 8th, 2010 at 11:04 pm (#)

    Oh I love this! Thanks for sharing it, turtles are one of my favorites, it’s great to see that people care enough to take the time to keep them safe.

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