How do Sea Turtles Protect the Offspring?


Female giant turtles must make a great effort to protect the laid eggs.

That is why they go to remote, isolated islands, such as Galapagos. One of the populations of these animals is on its way from the coast of Brazil, on more than two thousand kilometers away Sashn Island in the Atlantic Ocean.

During the night, female turtles get out of the water and go nearer to the beach. On the land, the weight of their own bodies pressure their lungs, and they breathe very hard, writes “Animals.gov.uk”. With great effort, they reach the end of the beach, where the sand has the necessary humidity for the birth of small turtles, and that place is out of water’s reach.

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To this day there has been a puzzle why turtles travel so far and how they orient themselves along the way, but they always reach the desired destination. This, however, is not the end of the Odyssey, because there is a long way to go by land.

There, the moms with their horn dig holes in which about 140 round eggs are laid, which are afterward buried, leveling the sand and then returning to the sea. This process lasts for several hours, and further development of turtles is left to fate. The turtle eggs are safe for the next nine to ten weeks in an underground hideout. Then all the small turtles suddenly come out and together they start to gain the depths of sea.

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