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Hi Samantha,This was taken at Arena Island in Narra, Palawan PHilippines. A local ecotourism destination here.I see. I've seen 8-month old hatchlings still in their float cages, the caretakers' reason is that predators might get them if they were to be released sooner. I wonder how this affects them once they're released in the wild though. I mean them losing their natural instinct. Could possibly do more harm eh? I hope that common malpractice gets corrected soon..
Wow, a turtle nesting in the day time! Quite rare! What hatchery was this at? The IUCN actually recommends releasing hatchlings as soon as possible after they've hatched. Too much time in a bucket of water can make them lose their natural instincts when they are finally released. It is, however, a common malpractice, though often done with the best intentions.
Spotted on Dec 30, 2010 Submitted on Dec 6, 2011