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"The littlest victims of Isaac," an APR 40th anniversary encore airing

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Pat Duggins
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Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova won at the Wimbledon tennis tournament in 1982. That’s the same year Alabama Public Radio first on the air. APR news has been observing our fortieth anniversary by diving in our archives to re-air some of our best stories. That includes this one from 2012. It focused on the approach of Hurricane Isaac and some of its littlest victims

Not every beachfront resident in Alabama lives in a condo. APR’s Pat Duggins reports how, during the final hours before the arrival of Hurricane Isaac, a volunteer group of gulf coast residents staged a last minute rescue operation to save loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings from drowning in their nests from the rough surf. Alabama is home to one hundred and forty eight nests of endangered loggerheads. Mike Reynolds leads the group “Share The Beach,” which scoured the Alabama gulf coast for nests. In the dark of night, he zips around the shore in a vehicle known as the “turtle mobile.” It’s a cross between a golf cart and a dune buggy, equipped with red head lights to avoid distracting hatchlings out of their nights and using star light to find the waters of the Gulf. Once a nest was found, a doctor’s stethoscope was used to determine if loggerheads hatchlings were out of their shells and struggling to the surface. Only then, would volunteers, wearing surgical gloves, would dig the baby turtles out and release them in the gulf.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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