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Final Day of My Turtle Internship

The past 3 months I have been in Swansboro, North Carolina at Hammocks Beach State Park studying loggerhead sea turtles on Bear Island. This internship has given me more than I could have asked for. Having just finished my Freshman year everyone told me that Freshman do not get internships, and I am proud to say that I have proven all of those people wrong. I was the youngest one here, and the other interns (Jeremy, Caleb, and David) have taught me so much about marine life, living with people, and being true to myself. I have learned valuable skills that will help me in my future career field (marine biology) and this has given me a strong advantage; and I am only a Sophomore.
We have had 14 nests, and by late next week we should start seeing them boil. It takes about 60 days for the eggs to incubate and because the turtles did not nest until late in the year I am unfortunately unable to see a nest boil. However, watching a turtle nest is such an amazing opportunity and it confirmed the fact that I want to work with marine life.
Throughout my time here, I have learned about Sand Dollars, Bottle-Nose Dolphins, various species of Sharks, as well as Sea Turtles. I could have asked for nothing better.

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One Response to “Final Day of My Turtle Internship”

  1. I’ll bet this won’t be your last internship, but it may be the most rewarding one!

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