Every year on Cape Hatteras National Seashore, female sea turtles return to the beaches where they were born to lay the next generation. The turtle digs a hole in the sand with her back flippers, lays her eggs, covers the nest and heads back into the ocean.
This summer, researchers report finding a healthy number of sea turtle nests — a good thing, since they are a “threatened” species.
Park rangers are using electronic sensors to monitor the sea turtle nests. They hope their measurements will allow them to predict exactly when these turtle eggs will hatch — something that would be of great benefit to the local community.
To understand why that is, IEEE Spectrum sent David Schneider to explore.
- David Schneider, senior editor at IEEE Spectrum.