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Snapshots

  1. The nursery

    Snapshot Title: The nursery
    Taken by: Kimberly Williams-Guillen

    Image: Sea Turtle Hatchery, Playa Hermosa, Nicaragua
    Image Owner: Kimberly Williams-Guillen



    Description:

    It is bounded by chain link fencing to keep humans out, and chicken wire, to keep predators like crabs out. There is shade cloth overhead to keep nests from getting too hot. Sea turtles have tempera...



  2. Acacia thorns

    Snapshot Title: Acacia thorns
    Taken by: Kimberly Williams-Guillen

    Image: Sea Turtle Hatchery, Playa Hermosa, Nicaragua
    Image Owner: Kimberly Williams-Guillen



    Description:

    Some of the thorns on an unusually large specimen of Acacia collinsi, known locally as cornizuelo. Like most Acacia, this plant is defended by robust thorns -- but that's not good enough! In additio...



  3. Turtle nest

    Snapshot Title: Turtle nest
    Taken by: Kimberly Williams-Guillen

    Image: Sea Turtle Hatchery, Playa Hermosa, Nicaragua
    Image Owner: Kimberly Williams-Guillen



    Description:

    What's with the cylindrical screen? The turtle eggs are buried in the sand, where they incubate. When the baby turtles hatch, they did their way up through the sand; the screen around the nest acts ...



  4. Nest tag

    Snapshot Title: Nest tag
    Taken by: Kimberly Williams-Guillen

    Image: Sea Turtle Hatchery, Playa Hermosa, Nicaragua
    Image Owner: Kimberly Williams-Guillen



    Description:

    The turtle-shaped tags on the nests indicate species of turtle that laid the eggs, the date they were buried, the expected date of hatching (about 45 days later). The tag in this case indicates that ...