Many visitors to prominent Grants Pass hotels are looking for a new kind of adventure. What if they made it their resolve to learn more about sea life?
What comes to mind is the Oregon Coast Aquarium which you can get to on the I-5 North Highway. It might be 4 hours away, but it is well worth making a day of it. Find out about a good Grants Pass Hotel here.
The crew at this Aquarium has one mission in mind, which is to create engaging and unique experiences that are inspiring ocean conservation.
One thing you’ll learn from books on sea life made available by the team at the Redwood Hyperion Suites is about sea turtles.
You will find baby sea turtles or hatchlings in all oceans of the world. The only exception would be the polar regions and the Arctic Ocean. The poor things are the most at risk due to their size and inexperience.
Specific baby sea turtle facts will give us a new appreciation for these little guys. One of them is that they are the result of millions of years of mating as well as various nesting rituals. Their mother will do her best to prepare a secure enough nest by digging a deep enough hole that’s 40 to 50 centimeters.
A female turtle will deposit as much as 150 to 200 eggs at a time, depending on the turtle species. She will kindly refill the nest with enough sand to ensure it cannot be detected by any predators.
Incubation would last for around eight weeks. Not all the eggs are fertilized. Baby turtle eggs that were laid in darker beach sand will hatch a lot quicker due to higher temperatures.
If you were a spectator at the time of their hatching, the first part you’ll see would be their snouts as they tear their way out of the egg shells.
In most cases, the sea turtle baby’s journey is short lived. Did you know that only a tiny .001 percent of the hatchlings will successfully reach the sea alive? Reason being is that predators are fully aware they will hatch in large groups and are literally standing by waiting for their meal. It is instinct alone that drives them to their destination. Sadly, they’ll never get to interact with their parents like us humans.
Would you believe that sea turtle babies spend the first five years of their life in unattached seaweed beds? These float in the middle of the ocean and provide welcome shelter and plenty of food to sustain them for a long time.
Their inherent ability to source beds of seaweed is their saving grace. Baby sea turtles have a varied diet consisting of mostly nekton, zooplankton and seagrass.
Other Interesting Baby Sea Turtle Facts
Nesting on Brunswick County beaches begins during the early part of May through to August. The hatching process kicks off in late July to continue through October. Unfortunately, overdeveloped beaches also stand in the way of sea turtles nesting.
Mortality rates for sea turtle babies are high thanks to predation by raccoons, ghost crabs, and foxes.
The minute a hatchling emerges from its nest, they will be drawn to the moonlight shining over the ocean. They may become natural food for seagulls and ghost crabs due to surrounding street and hotel lights. Should they emerge during daylight, then the heat of the sun may fill them.
The first thing a sea turtle baby would do to ensure its survival is to swim to the gulf stream where it can hide from known predators among the sargassum seaweed. It is over here where the baby turtles would also consume baby jellyfish and shrimp. One needs to remember that only one out of every thousand baby turtles would make it through. It sure is a hard life to be a sea turtle.
It is heartwarming for travelers to top hotels in Grants Pass like the Redwood Motel to discover that the Oregon Coast Aquarium make use of state-of-the-art portable X-Ray diagnostic equipment for their wildlife rehabilitation cases. Their technology lets them effectively diagnose various health issues and carry out much-needed checkups. This way they get to identify pneumonia in sea turtles that got stranded as well as detect general health issues for their California sea lions.