I vividly remember the birth of each of my three children. The miracle of life as each of them took their first breath is reminder of how precious life is on this earth. However, it seems that over get caught up in the busyness of life and we can forget how amazing the beginning of one’s life can be — even if it is a Loggerhead turtle.
We are fortunate enough to have a Loggerhead turtle nest behind our beach house. We were hoping that we would see them hatch while we were here for the week, and on day two of our vacation we got our wish. Although the actual “boil” occurred in the late hours of the night before, there were still some babies left to hatch. A “boil” is when the turtles come rushing up through the sand. It looks like a boiling pot as close to a hundred baby turtles can come up to the surface. What we were able to witness was residual turtles that did not hatch with the rest of the group. It was amazing to see the first steps of God’s little creatures!!
As the first turtle made it’s way up through the sand, the children were speechless. It truly is a miracle to watch a tiny creature instinctively waddle down the dune and follow the volunteer’s flashlight to the ocean water. He washed up to shore a couple of times before he disappeared into the rough, endless ocean water. Will he be part of the one percent who survive into adulthood? Unfortunately we will never know. Perhaps that is why my daughter had a look of awe and sadness at the same time. Based on the looks on all three my children’s faces, I know this is an experience they will never forget. Fourteen more Loggerhead turtles emerged from the dunes and watching each one make its journey to the sea was just as spectacular as the first one.
Today I am reminded again that homeschooling isn’t an institution. It is a way of life and learning does not only occur inside between the hours of 9-3. Sometimes it is a field study on the ocean at 7:00 at night watching the miraculous journey of the Loggerhead turtle.
For more information about the life cycle of a sea turtle or more information on the volunteers, check out these sites we studied on the turtles : Island Turtle Watch Info and Loggerhead Turtles for Kids
Also watch this video we took of the first turtle going out to sea. Enjoy!! 🙂