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Green turtle. Ranger and tourists watching a green turtle (Chelonia mydas) nesting on a beach. The turtle is a wholly aquatic reptile, with the females only coming ashore to lay their eggs. Between 100 and 200 eggs are laid in a pit dug in the sand with the turtle's flippers. The eggs hatch about 2 months later. These eggs will be removed from the pit as soon as they are laid and placed in a hatchery to protect them from being dug up by predators, or by other nesting turtles. The loss of nesting beaches, due to development, and the effects of hunting and pollution have endangered the green turtle. Photographed in Pulau Selingan, Sabah, Malaysia.
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