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Assateague has first ever successful hatching of sea turtle eggs

Assateague has first ever successful...

BERLIN, Md. - The Assateague National Seashore Park experienced an exciting event on Friday morning. The island experienced its first ever successful sea turtle hatching.

The turtle that laid the eggs was the endangered logger head sea turtle, a turtle which, on average, weighs a whopping 350 pounds. 

Assateague officials said Friday's hatch will most likely lead to more turtle nestings on the park in the future.

Jack Kumer, a Natural Resources Specialist at Assateague Island National Seashore, said, "for the last 15 years, turtles have been trying to nest on Assateague. No one really knows why, but now that we have, we have a successful nest that's very exciting because that means in the future those turtles will be coming back here to breed."

Assateague officials said Friday's successful hatch was largely due to the warm weather we have been experiencing this year.

If you want to get down to Assateague Island, you should head down this weekend because it's  fee-free weekend at the National Seashore, meaning visitors may enter the park for free.


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