It's turtle nesting season!!!!!!
Much like the puppy bowl, turtle nesting is an adorable event we look forward to all year.
Mother turtles off the gulf cost don't realize that their batch of little darlings are our key to finding out to what extent the BP oil spill affected the gulfs wildlife.
So far the news has been good.
As of May 24, 155 Kemp turtle's nests had been spotted on Texas shores — more than in all of last year and more than had been counted by that day in 2009 and 2008. The same is true for some other sea turtle species, although they have just started to nest so it might be too early to have confidence in those numbers.
And because sea turtles don't reach reproductive age for at least a decade, the full effects of the oil spill might not be known for years.
Some scientists fear that turtles born this season might have reproductive or health issues. Only time will tell.
For now all we can do is wait for some cute baby turtles to hatch!
[Image via WENN.]
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