A restoration agency crew members surveying birds spotted turtle tracks and began weekly visits to the islands to investigate further. When nesting season started off, they were glad to see more tracks.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority followed the tracks and discovered two newborn Kemp Ridley turtles.
Louisiana was largely written off as a nesting spot for sea turtles decades ago. And this incident proves why island restoration is so important.
Kemp Ridley is the smallest sea turtle on the planet, measuring about 60-to-70 centimetres when fully grown. Also, the discovery denotes the first time Kemp Ridleys have hatched in the Chandeleur waters in 75 years. Generally, hatching season takes place during June and July.
Though this is a small crawl for turtle, it is a gaint leap for the entire turtle-kind and mankind.