A newly hatched logger head turtle makes its way from its nest in the dunes on Barefoot Beach to the Gulf waters at dawn on Thursday morning - where it will swim for roughly 48 hours out to sea to reach the protection of the expansive floating beds of sargassum seaweeds . Volunteers and turtle monitors excavated one of the last remaining sea turtle nests on Barefoot Beach for the 2006 nesting season. Of the 130 eggs in the unearthed nest, turtle monitors found four live logger heads, two dead, 44 hatched eggs and 86 unhatched - a disappointing but common ratio for sea turtle hatchlings this late in the nesting season. Given the perils of predatory animals, mainly pelicans and large fish that feed on the young turtles, as well as the dangers of being run over by boats or tangled in fishing nets, this baby sea turtle has a one in a thousandth chance of surviving to reach adulthood. Tristan Spinski/Staff

Photo by TRISTAN SPINSKI

A newly hatched logger head turtle makes its way from its nest in the dunes on Barefoot Beach to the Gulf waters at dawn on Thursday morning - where it will swim for roughly 48 hours out to sea to reach the protection of the expansive floating beds of sargassum seaweeds . Volunteers and turtle monitors excavated one of the last remaining sea turtle nests on Barefoot Beach for the 2006 nesting season. Of the 130 eggs in the unearthed nest, turtle monitors found four live logger heads, two dead, 44 hatched eggs and 86 unhatched - a disappointing but common ratio for sea turtle hatchlings this late in the nesting season. Given the perils of predatory animals, mainly pelicans and large fish that feed on the young turtles, as well as the dangers of being run over by boats or tangled in fishing nets, this baby sea turtle has a one in a thousandth chance of surviving to reach adulthood. Tristan Spinski/Staff

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