Published: Jul 09, 2010 7:43 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 09, 2010 4:43 PM EDT

FLORIDA PANHANDLE - 300 sea turtle eggs from panhandle beaches are in an 18-wheeler headed to Cape Canaveral and away from the oil.

Friday the first of 700 sea turtle nests were moved in an effort to keep the BP oil spill from killing the hatchlings.  Wildlife experts are going to great lengths to protect the eggs during the trip, but less than half are expected to make it to the east coast alive.

It took a little over an hour to dig the sea turtle eggs out of the sand and place them one by one in Styrofoam coolers.

A team of wildlife experts worked diligently to keep the turtle embryos from breaking loose from their shells.  The delicate cargo was then loaded into this FedEx Truck, where it will be up to the drivers to take the eggs to the east coast and away from oil.

Moving the eggs is a gamble. Early estimates showed only one out of every five eggs surviving the seven hour trip.  After a test run, wildlife experts now think as many as half could make it.

FedEx Shipping Technician Joe Myer says the trick is keeping the truck at a constant temperature of 85 degrees and stabilizing the eggs so they don’t move too much.