The Long Journey Back

The Land of Ooze enjoys 13 foot high tides and minus 2 foot low tides, creating an enormous rim of salt marsh and tidal flats that a female terrapin must cross as she returns to the bay after nesting. She often rides the high tide into the sandy uplands, but the water drops quickly with a 15-foot tidal swing. Notice how well she blends with the habitat once she reaches the salt marsh grass.

Female Terrapin Heads Back to Bay after Nesting at Turtle Point

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