This image is not available for purchase in your country.

Green turtle hatchlings

Green turtle hatchlings

Z752/0203

Rights Managed

This image is not available for purchase in your country.

Please contact your Account Manager if you have any query.

Credit

MATTHEW OLDFIELD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MATTHEW OLDFIELD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Green turtle hatchlings (Chelonia mydas) heading for the sea. Turtles are wholly aquatic reptiles, the females only coming ashore to lay their eggs. Each female lays between 100 and 200 eggs in a nest dug in the sand. The eggs hatch after about 2 months. When the majority of the eggs have hatched the hatchlings make a dash for the relative safety of the sea, usually under the cover of darkness. It is thought that they locate the sea by heading for the horizon, which is detected by subtle differences in light frequency. This has led to artificial light sources, such as cars and buildings, guiding the hatchlings in the wrong direction with fatal consequences for the already threatened turtles. Photographed in Pulau Selingan, Sabah, Malaysia.

Release details

Model release not required. Property release not required.

 {{ i.shot_duration ? i.shot_duration + ' ' : '' }}{{ i.shot_uhd ? '4K ' : i.hires ? 'HD ' : '' }}{{ i.spl_number }} R{{ i.license }}

  • Add to board
  • Similar {{ mediaType(i) }}