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Hi. I'm Rachel. Welcome to my June
15, 2004 issue of the Shorebreeze
Kids Club Newsletter. Visit here to find out about fun
places to go and things to do at the Jersey Shore!
I would also love to hear from you.
to discover things about animals and sea creatures. The
Jersey Shore has so many places you can discover nature
- in and beside the water and on land, too. If you like
nature and the beach and want to learn, you can read about
my shore discoveries and some fun facts about crabs, turtles,
starfish, clams and fish at the shore.
If you have something to share about things you like at
the Jersey shore, send your e-mail to me at Rachel@shorebreeze.com,
and I'll try to put something about it in the next Kids
Facts About Shore Animals:
Did you ever see these or similar
signs along the causeway into your favaorite shore community?
The reason you see these signs is because
Diamondback Terrapins live in the salt marshes near the
bays along the coast. The female terrapins cross the roads
when they’re nesting. They come out of the water
and cross the roads to get to a soft, sandy location where
they lay their eggs. The time you'll see them the most
is in May, June and July - just when the roads along the
causeway get busy.
The Diamondback Terrapins are endangered.
Long ago people would kill them for their shells, or for
soup! That almost brought them to extinction. Now we have
wildlife preserves all over the world for terrapins. Many
turtles get hit by cars each year. That is why you see
the signs - so hopefully drivers will slow down and keep
an eye out for the turtles on the road!
Some people get out of their cars to help
the mommy terrapins. This can be very dangerous, so never
do this without an adult there to be sure the coast is
clear! And remember, if you move a terrapin across the
road, be sure to see which way its going first, then pick
it up and move it in that direction to the safety of the
other side. ALWAYS BE CAREFUL OF CARS! Although we all
want to help a turtle to live, we need to first
be mindful of our own safety.
Photo obtained from
the University of Delaware Graduate College of Marine
Did You Know:
Female terrapins are larger than male
terrapins. Females reproduce when the are between 8 and
13 years old. After 60 -120 days the inch long hatchlings
emerge from the nest and go towards the moon light which
is over the ocean.
It is illegal to take a terrapin out of
the water so please don't try to make these cute turtles
a household pet.
If you see a female terrapin nesting stay
away because you could scare it. They are very timid.
City lights may confuse the hatchlings
to go to the city instead of the ocean. As you can imagine,
this would be a big problem for these baby turtles if
they go the wrong way.
Make sure however you are in the car with
is dirving slowly and carefully to avoid hitting crossing
terrapins especially in June and July. If you are in a
town where female terrapins lay their eggs turn off your
outside house lights during the egg hatching seasons.
You can be a terrapin
hero and ADOPT A TERRAPIN. Contact Christina
Wallers, Research Assistant at the Wetlands
Institute, her phone is (609) 368-1211.
are some great links to learn more information on Diamondback
submitted by Jersey Shore Kids:
Rachel, Age 10,
Rebecca, Age 7,
to Learn More about Nature, The Environment, or "Cool"
for coming to Shorebreeze.com's Kids Club. I want
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