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Green sea turtle (hatchling)

Chelonia mydas

Description:

Watched approximately 60 green sea turtle hatchlings crawl from their nest into the ocean. So small they would fit in the palm of your hand. Varying degrees of strength shown in the hatchlings. Some were very quick and a few lagged behind. One needed a helping hand when it was stuck in a deep footprint in the sand.

Habitat:

The nest was about 25cm beneath the surface of the sand, in dry sand just beyond the high tide line. The nest contained approximately 60 hatchlings. The beach contains very fine sand, not rocky with no litter.

Notes:

This nest had been covered with a safety net to keep out predators, and the safety net was removed early in the morning after the hatch so they could be monitored and protected from land / sky predators while making their way to the sea.

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4 Comments

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Awesome series! I love sea turtle hatchlings! They are so cute! I'm glad that they had a better chance of making it to the ocean.

Hi Travelingdiva, I have removed this awesome spotting from the 'Marine Mammals of the world' Mission !

travelingdiva
travelingdiva 10 years ago

This was on a beach in front of the Beyin Beach Resort in southwestern Ghana.

chachikillsjim
chachikillsjim 10 years ago

Where is this at?

travelingdiva
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travelingdiva

Ghana

Spotted on Nov 15, 2008
Submitted on Apr 4, 2011

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