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Green Turtle Hatchling

Chelonia mydas


This was taken at a turtle hatchery on Tioman island that operated using IUCN protocols. Hatchlings were released at the nearest sunrise or sunset to their emergence, and never kept in a bucket of water, but on damp sand from the nest. Releases happened from the top of the beach (not directly in the water) as far apart as possible to prevent the build up of feeding stations in the adjacent beach.


Typically, one hatchling will emerge at the surface, and its movement when it finally pops out of the sand spurs the rest of the nest on, and the whole nest erupts through the sand together.

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The MnMs
The MnMs 12 years ago

What a moment!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 12 years ago

Love it!

SamanthaCraven 12 years ago

Thanks guys, they really do pull on the heart strings!

ForestGirl 12 years ago

So cute I've always wanted to see a baby turtle in person! Lucky!!!!!!!!!

Kevin J.
Kevin J. 12 years ago

Super cute!

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Johor, Malaysia

Spotted on Jul 17, 2009
Submitted on Jan 23, 2012

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