Green turtle hatchling

Green turtle hatchling

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Green turtle hatchling being held by a boy. The green turtle (Chelonia mydas) lays eggs in clutches of 100 to 200 because of the high predation on its young. The eggs are buried on a beach. Hatchlings are particularly vulnerable as they make their way to the sea. Their shells are soft for the first few years of life. Green turtles live in warm seas throughout the world. They usually stay close to coasts, feeding on aquatic plants. They can grow up to 1.5 metres in length and weigh up to 200 kilograms. Photographed on New Caledonia, South Pacific.

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