Hatchling hustle

Navarre Beach’s last sea turtle nest of the season offered up an unexpected surprise on Friday, Oct. 27 as roughly a dozen loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings made their sprint for the Gulf of Mexico in broad day light. At around 9:30 a.m. visitors from out of state watched and snapped pictures as the smaller-than-golf-ball-sized babies shuffled over the sand. Loggerheads typically hatch sometime between dusk and dawn, following the moonlight to the safety of the water.

Several more hatchlings escaped this nest several hours later in the dark of night.

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