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Olive Ridley Sea Turtle hatchlings scurry out to sea

Normally, these little Olive Ridley Sea Turtle hatchlings would be vulnerable to being picked up by predators such as vultures, sea gulls, raccoons, possums, coyotes, and people. But this is a very lucky nest of hatchlings. They are making their way to the water across a Costa Rican beach from a protected nest and under the watch of Rainsong Sanctuary volunteers. From the video notes:

“It is rare to glimpse a clutch of sea turtle hatchlings hatching during daylight hours for their mad dash to the sea. Usually, they hatch in pre-dawn hours [2 or 3 am], to give them more time to get past the challenging obstacles such as driftwood and human garbage blocking their trajectory to the sea. Pre-dawn treks also minimize the dangers of natural predators… what a delight for these Rainsong volunteers to be witness to this epic natural adventure.”

olive ridley hatchlings running for the sea
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle hatchlings

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