Florida nuclear plant hosts crocodile hatching

Canals for cooling water at Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant are prime croc habitat and have been credited with helping the crocodiles' recovery in Florida.

By , Associated Press

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    In this Aug. 6 photo, biologist Mario Aldecoa, holds a handful of crocodile hatchlings he captured near the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant in Homestead, Fla.

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It's hatchling season for American crocodiles and the imperiled species is thriving outside one South Florida nuclear power plant.

Canals for cooling water at Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant are prime croc habitat and have been credited with helping the crocodiles' recovery in Florida. Biologists hired by utility Florida Power and Light monitor the hundreds of crocodiles that roam the swamps surrounding the plant.

Biologist Mario Aldeco says crocodiles time their breeding and nesting to correspond to the rainy season that comes in summer.

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At night, Aldeco captures newly hatched crocs and takes them to an on-site lab, where they are measured and fitted with microchips so biologists can track them.

Aldecoa says that since the monitoring program started in 1978, biologists at the plant have handled some 5,000 hatchlings.

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