Environmental enthusiasts around the world may be able to observe infant loggerhead sea turtles hatching and emerging from their nest, via a live-streaming, high-definition "turtle webcam" positioned on a beach in the Florida Keys.
The webcam, viewed at www.fla-keys.com/turtlecam, offers daytime observation of the loggerhead nest in natural light and is illuminated by infrared lighting at nighttime to avoid disturbing turtles.
Currently focused on a nest with eggs estimated to hatch during the next few days, the webcam is part of ongoing efforts in the Keys to raise awareness of sea turtles and the need to protect them.
Loggerhead, green, leatherback, hawksbill and Kemp's ridley sea turtles nest on beaches in the Keys and other parts of Florida, and inhabit Florida and Keys waters. All five species are considered either threatened or endangered.
The webcam is funded by the Florida Keys tourism council and its installation has been approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.