July 31, 2017
Summer on St. Croix is full swing! Besides hot weather, longer days and fewer visitors, it is also sea turtle nesting season. During the late spring and summer months, endangered sea turtle females leave their ocean abode to lay their eggs on the island’s sandy beaches.
On St. Croix, we mainly see the green, hawksbill and leatherback turtles, three out of seven species of endangered sea turtles in the world. Female turtles emerge from the ocean between dusk and dawn, on a mission to safely dig a nest for the 100 or more eggs she will lay before returning to the sea. Though graceful in the ocean, the turtles move far more slowly once on the sand, but nevertheless, on a mission. Slow and steady is truly the name of the game.
Turtle hatchlings will emerge from the nest in approximately 60 days. For those that survive the emergence from the nest, the short but dangerous journey from the beach to the water and finally the foray into the open seas, this is just the beginning. The hatchlings face many predatory obstacles on this journey including crabs, ants, birds, large fish, and sharks. Not much is known about the juvenile period of a sea turtle’s life, as this is often referred to as “the lost years”. Decades later, adult female turtles return to the very beach on which they hatched, when it is time for them to lay their own clutch of eggs, as such, sea turtles are regarded as highly skilled navigators.
Sea turtles have been around for many years before humans and are a symbol in many cultures of longevity, endurance, patience, and wisdom. The sea turtle is a creature of two elements; land and sea and as such she reflects an ability to adapt and flourish in any environment and feel “at home”, especially as the turtle carries her home on her back.
Sea turtles are often worn as a totem or talisman and a symbol of good luck, longevity, wisdom, balance, nurturing, patience, resilience, slowing down and trusting your intuition and inner guide.
Important lessons from the sea turtle:
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