Using infrared lighting, a live-streaming, high-definition “turtle webcam” positioned on a beach in the Florida Keys recorded the hatch of about 100baby loggerhead sea turtles on Friday, July 25, just before 9 p.m. The 3-inch-long babies erupted from a hole, came out en masse and headed to the Atlantic Ocean under dim moonlight.
The camera uses infrared lighting so hatchlings won’t be confused by artificial light and will go to sea — guided by moonlight reflecting on the water – instead of pushing further onto land.
It is one of the main breeding grounds for loggerhead sea turtles, that are known as Caretta carettas in the Mediterranean and is therefore also called the “Turtle Beach”. Because of this the beach has had a protected status since 1988.