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Hawksbill Sea Turtle Hatchling

Eretmochelys imbricata

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Hawksbill Sea Turtle Hatchling
Eretmochelys imbricata Hawksbill sea turtle


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7 Comments

K.c.Truax
K.c.Truax 9 years ago

What an amazing colour!

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

@ madasamarinebiologist .. It's OK.. I love it when people are passion about protecting nature.. And any info is great! So THANK YOU!

SamanthaCraven
SamanthaCraven 9 years ago

Oh great! I'm very glad to hear I was wrong :]

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

These babies were rescued from a fisherman who was netfishing where he was not to fish! They were only days old..

SamanthaCraven
SamanthaCraven 9 years ago

No problem. It's a shame to see it in captivity? I assume it is from the photo?

Many hatcheries hold hatchlings for some time to "allow them to gain strength" so they are less vulnerable to predators. In reality, they should be released straight away as they have a huge amount of energy from the yolk, and still have the natural instincts to move away from the Reef where their predators are. They lose these after a few days in a tank, and therefore lose a critical stage of their life cycle.

If I'm mistaken, my apologies, and I certainly mean no offence. It's just a bug bear of mine, and a shame that hatcheries, who work so hard, might be hindering their own efforts with out of date practices!

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

@ madasamarinebiologist Thank for the ID..

Gina9210
Gina9210 9 years ago

I think its Immature green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) Im not too sure.

Christiane
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Christiane

Shefa, Vanuatu

Spotted on May 2, 2009
Submitted on Jun 22, 2011

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