October 22, 2008 – Kawaa, Hawaii
VIDEO by David Corrigan
The miracle of life is caught on tape, as baby sea turtles hatch from nest eggs and crawl through the rocky black sand towards the ocean.
In this instance, the honu hatchlings had guardian angels in a handful of local residents, who kept a vigil by the nest for weeks as the eggs incubated.
Once hatched, residents protected the baby sea turtles as they scrambled to the water’s edge. The residents counted over 20 hatchlings that made it to the sea. The danger for the turtles is not over. It is said that only 1 in 1000 will survive to adulthood.
The nesting season along the Ka`u shore lasts from mid-May through November. It is estimated that the majority of the state’s endangered hawksbill turtle nesting occurs here. The video in this feature was shot about a month ago.