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During Turtle Hatch Day at the Cold Spring (Credit: Nancy Borowick)

During Turtle Hatch Day at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, acting director Steven DeSimone shows two young common map turtles to visitors. (Aug. 25, 2012)

Photos of Turtle Hatch Day in Cold Spring Harbor

Here's the thing about the annual Turtle Hatch Day at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium: It's a misnomer. Each of the newbies heralded on Turtle Hatch Day already has used its "egg tooth" to poke open its smaller-than-a-marshmallow-size egg and wiggle into the world. Here are some photos from last year's annual event.

Thomas DeSimone, 3, of Cold Spring Harbor, holds
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

Thomas DeSimone, 3, of Cold Spring Harbor, holds a newly hatched turtle during the Turtle Hatch Day at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery. (Aug. 25, 2012)

During Turtle Hatch Day at the Cold Spring
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

During Turtle Hatch Day at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, children get an up-close and personal look at recently hatched turtles. (Aug. 25, 2012)

During Turtle Hatch Day at the Cold Spring
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

During Turtle Hatch Day at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, children get a science lesson in turtles. Here, they examine soft-shell turtle eggs. (Aug. 25, 2012)

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During Turtle Hatch Day at the Cold Spring
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

During Turtle Hatch Day at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, children get an up-close and personal look at recently hatched turtles. (Aug. 25, 2012)

Visitors of the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

Visitors of the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery get a lesson in the different types of turtles during Turtle Hatch Day. (Aug. 25, 2012)

During Turtle Hatch Day at the Cold Spring
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

During Turtle Hatch Day at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, acting director Steven DeSimone shows two young common map turtles to visitors. (Aug. 25, 2012)

Hatchlings make an appearance at Turtle Hatch Day
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

Hatchlings make an appearance at Turtle Hatch Day at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium. (2012)

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