Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Another hawksbill sea turtle female on the way back to sea after successfully delivering a clutch of eggs in a safe spot in the sand of Bird Island. this female has timed it well, as it’s just 08:39 in the morning. The previous day another female finished her ordeal past 14:00 hrs, and as such suffered through the hottest part of the day. Yet both succeeded in laying their eggs and as such made an extremely important contribution to saving this critically endangered species.

Their success is in part due to the fact that they have returned to their birth place, Bird Island, which since the 1960s has been fully protected. This protection ensures that all life on the island is meticulously monitored, recorded and protected from human impact and interference. This means that all the nesting sites of all the sea turtle species on the island are monitored from the time of the egg laying until the hatchlings run to the sea.

Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

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