Green turtle digging nest

Green turtle digging nest

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) digging its nest on a sandy beach. Once it has dug a hole, it will lay its eggs in it before burying them. The green turtle is aquatic at all other times, apart from the first dash down the beach that the newly- hatched young make. It is herbivorous, feeding on plants, usually in coastal waters. It may reach a length of around a metre and a half, making it one of the largest turtles. Photographed on Surprise Island, New Caledonia, in the southern Pacific Ocean.

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