Green turtle after laying eggs

Green turtle after laying eggs

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Caption: Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) returning to the sea after laying her eggs on a beach. The females must return to land to lay their eggs, but the males spend their entire lives at sea, apart from the brief dash down to the water after hatching. The eggs take around two months to hatch. Hatchlings drift with the currents for several years, feeding on plankton and small animals. As adults they are herbivorous. The green turtle can reach a length of over a metre. It is found in tropical seas throughout the world. Photographed on an island north of Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean.

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