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Slow Down For Sea Turtles, St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

Loggerhead hatchling heads to sea. (Photo NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website.)
Loggerhead hatchling heads to sea. (Photo NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website.)

Miracles abound all around us, but sometimes they are hard to “see.” Life harden us, or keeps us so busy that sometimes we forget. One miracle I have been aware of most of my life is the journey of the sea turtles, especially the loggerheads, that hatch along our Atlantic shores here in our Indian River Lagoon region.

When I was a kid, during early summer my mother and father used to take my brother, sister,  and I on midnight turtle walks. This was Stuart in 1974. Not many people lived here. We kids would watch in complete amazement the gigantic mother turtles emerge from the sea to drop their eggs, like slimy ping-pong balls, into a deep hole meticulously dug while tears rolled down their faces.

Sea turtle laying eggs, public photo.
Sea turtle laying eggs, public photo.

“She is crying,” my mother would say…

Knowing that mom had borne us, we kids wondered about all this, but were soon swept up again in the dropping, the slow plopping of those eggs. Maybe a hundred or so of them…Hours later it seemed the giant and mysterious turtle— that my dad said had been on the Earth when dinosaurs roamed—would make her way back to the ocean. The stars overhead, clear and shining, revealed life’s great mystery. The turtle gone, her tracks reflecting in the moonlight, our family felt bonded having witnessed this ancient ritual…

These memories have stayed with me….

Over the years, I volunteered as a turtle scout and  learned about the loggerhead’s maybe 8000 mile migration in the Atlantic Ocean and how they have magnetite in their brains and are capable of reading God’s compass….I learned about how after floating around and hiding in the seaweed for up to twelve years they eventually find their way  home to their birth beach, stay in area lagoons or “safe areas”, and not until maybe 30 years or so, if female, lay their own eggs…

Migration route loggerhead sea turtle.
Migration route loggerhead sea turtle.
Front page of Stuart News 6-15-15.In Defense of Turtles a release story.
Front page of Stuart News 6-15-15.In Defense of Turtles a release story.

Yesterday there was a photo on the front page of the Stuart News, “In Defense of Sea Turtles.” A wonderful article about Inwater Research Group’s releasing of the animals.

Ironically, the day before Ed and I had gone to Indian River Side Park to walk our dogs by the shoreline and found a dead juvenile loggerhead  that had been killed by a boat hit. I called the Florida Wildlife Commission and reported the animal. They were very helpful. I talked to a nice young man named “David” in Jacksonville. He said there were only six people in the entire state covering reported deaths like this juvenile sea turtle….pathetic…

Broken shell from boat hit.
Dead loggerhead with broken shell in IRL from boat hit.(JTL)

While waiting on hold, I couldn’t help but think about how this young sea turtle until now had beat all the odds. Only one in approximately 4000 make it maturity, after swimming around in those ocean currents for years, avoiding predators, and reading the magnet of  the Earth in a way we humans still have not completely figured out….how amazing that this turtle found its way home only to be stuck by a speeding boat……

Not an inspirational end to a miracle.

I share this story not be negative but in hope that boaters in the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon will keep an eye out and SLOW DOWN.

As Ed and I meandered home, I looked back and saw the turtle in the dark waves, as I was told to leave it there….I thought to myself, “a dead and broken sea turtle in the polluted and dying Indian River Lagoon—now that is a tragic metaphor for our times…..”

This is what we must live to change.

The loggerhead lies dead along the shoreline of the Indian River Lagoon. (Photo JTL 6-14-15)
The loggerhead lies dead along the shoreline of the Indian River Lagoon. (Photo JTL 6-14-15)

Live Science,migration of the loggerhead sea turtle: (http://m.livescience.com/21080-loggerhead-turtle-migration.html)

Florida Wildlife Commission:(http://myfwc.com)

Inwater Research Group: (http://inwater.org)

Sea Turtles Space Coast IRL: http://www.seaturtlespacecoast.org/about-us/indian-river-lagoon/

 

Somewhere Over the Rainbow, St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

Rainbow over the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon or Atlantic Ocean? (Jensen Beach, 2-8-15, Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch)
Rainbow over the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon or is it the Atlantic Ocean?  (Photo Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, Jensen Beach, 2-8-15.)

Somewhere over the rainbow, 
Way up high
, There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby… Somewhere over the rainbow, Skies are blue,  And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true…. Someday I’ll wish upon a star, 
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me, 
Where troubles melt like lemon drops, 
Away above the chimney tops, 
That’s where you’ll find me…. Somewhere over the rainbow,  Blue birds fly,  Birds fly over the rainbow,  Why then, oh why can’t I? If happy little blue birds fly beyond the rainbow, 
Why oh why can’t I?” —Judy Garland

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HRa4X07jdE)

 

Rainbows are symbolic of dreams and of promises….

This amazing rainbow and perfectly timed sailboat were photographed on February 8th, 2015. Many other people from many different locations along the Indian River Lagoon region also photographed the rainbow that day.

This rainbow post has been so popular on Facebook that I thought I’d write about it and share some more photos of it today. It keeps popping back up!

I witnessed this incredible natural phenomenon while walking with my childhood friend, Eric Potsdam, who is now a professor of Linguistics at University of Florida. It was a double rainbow and at times, appeared to be with in 30 feet of where we were standing.

As stated in HOW THINGS WORK, “a rainbow does not actually exist at a location in the sky, but rather is an optical phenomenon whose apparent position depends on the observer’s location;” of course this is why some people photographed the rainbow over the rivers, and others over the ocean, and still others over the land….

This is also why when you’re chasing the “pot of gold,” you never quite get there, but you really do! 🙂

Eric and I as taken by a walker by...
Eric and I as taken by a walker by…
Somewhere Over the Rainbow, St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon...(Photo Jensen Beach Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch)
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How Does a Rainbow Work?” (https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061201145943AA9SHCB)

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Miraculous rainbow at Jensen Beach this afternoon.

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Rebecca Fatzinger love this with the sailboat in it!
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Cecilia Beaux Gorgeous.
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Stefani Campo Hughes Serreal
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Jerry McComas Postcard picture.
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Alexis Tolis Stone Amazing picture!
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Michelle Richey Little piece of heaven in our backyard!
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Cindy Sanchelli-Capwell I’m speechless. Gods gifts at its finest!
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Cabot Lord Over Sewalls Point as well this late afternoon.
Cabot Lord’s photo.
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Rainbow as seen by Cabot Lord. (2-8-15)
Rainbow as seen by Cabot Lord. (2-8-15)

Lynda Heemsath South Sewalls pt rd!
Lynda Heemsath’s photo.
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As seen by Lynda Heemsath, south Sewall's Point- 2-8-15.
As seen by Lynda Heemsath, south Sewall’s Point- 2-8-15.

Patty Duquette Beautiful!
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Tracy Chase Barnes Miraculous is definitely the word. When we saw it I said to Doug that I understand how it works with reflective light and all, but to have those perfect 7 colors come out like that every time is absolutely a miracle
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Patti Strait It was truly a gorgeous sight!!
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Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch beautiful shots!
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Lynda Heemsath time for bed Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch!!!!
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Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch Lynda Heemsath I KNOW! I have got to GO TO BED! U 2
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Marguerite Krute So beautiful for all of us to enjoy. It made the television news.
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Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch cool!
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Dinah V Pulver Gorgeous!
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Sunni Kittrell Ashforth So beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
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Patricia Haney Just takes your Breath away!
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Patrick Stracuzzi Amazing thank you
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Karen Christy Beautiful
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Elsie Scheuerlein Long Incredible!
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Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch It really was. A miracle of creation.
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Elsie Scheuerlein Long The sailboat really adds to it too.
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Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
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Keri West Promises from heaven. We need some answered prayers for our lagoon
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Patti Kennedy I knew there had to be a beautiful rainbow somewhere. I was looking for it when the sun came out after this cloudy day. What a great photo
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Debra Duvall Amazing shot of our beautiful area
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Paige Lyons Wow!!!!
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Patti Kennedy The sailboat is perfectly placed!
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Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch I was pure chance and perfect timing. I waited just for that ideal moment. Such a rare moment!
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Valli B. Seidle Great Picture.,,,thanks…
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