Hatching in Circles!

 Maze of Terrapin Hatchling Tracks on Cape Cod Dune

Unlike their pelagic sea turtle cousins who emerge from nests at night and head for the brightest horizon, either the sea or the nearest fast food outlet, terrapins employ the sheer randomness of a “Drunkard’s Walk” as they blaze a path to camouflaged safety of a nursery salt marsh. These babies from Cape Cod etched a maze of tracks as they scrambled to freedom.

Sue Wieber Nourse and Rufus the Turtle Dog discovered a treasure chest of baby tracks dotting the white sand dunes of Sandy Neck in Barnstable this morning, August 23rd, 2012.

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