Hatching turtles

Hatching turtles

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Credit: MATTHEW OLDFIELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hatching turtles. Green turtle (Chelonia mydas, right) and a hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata, left) hatchlings emerging from their eggs. These eggs are in a protected hatchery. They are left to hatch naturally and then taken to the sea to be released. The next day the nests are dug out and any unhatched eggs placed to one side. Turtles are wholly aquatic reptiles, the females only coming ashore to lay their eggs. The loss of nesting beaches and the effects of hunting and pollution have endangered some turtle species. Photographed in Turtle Island Marine Park, Pulau Gulisan, Sabah, Malaysia.

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