MATTHEW OLDFIELD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MATTHEW OLDFIELD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Green turtle hatchling (Chelonia mydas) reaching the sea for the first time. The female green turtle lays between 100 to 200 eggs per litter. After laying the female covers the eggs with sand and returns to the sea, leaving the hatchlings to fend for themselves. The eggs hatch at night after around 47-75 days and the hatchlings head directly to the sea. At this time they are very vulnerable to predators and many don't make it to the ocean. The sex of a hatchling turtle is dependent on the temperature at which they develop in the nest. Photographed on Sangalaki Island, in Kalimantan, Indonesia.
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