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Hawksbill sea turtle

Eretmochelys imbricata

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DonnaLadida 8 years ago

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..

SamanthaCraven 8 years ago

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.

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Spotted on Dec 30, 2010
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