Kelley Anderson-Nunley very slowly carries a Loggerhead sea turtle egg to a Styrofoam cooler lined with white sand at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, on August 9, 2010. Ms. Anderson-Nunley is a contract wildlife technician with Colorado State University. The gloves prevent skin oil from coming in contact with the egg. The 112 eggs of this nest will all get the gentle slow-motion lift from their beach nest. Because of the critical attachment of the embryo to the inside of the eggshell, the eggs must be gently lifted with out tilting or rotating, the egg. With equal care the transportation to the Atlantic coast is equally critical. At a controlled climate facility, they will be allowed to hatch in the cooler. Wildlife technicians will then release them into the ocean.
U.S. Air Force photo/Lance Cheung
October 24, 2012
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