Did you know that hatching season for sea turtles is coming to an end? In Mexico alone, hundreds of thousands of baby sea turtles hatched and made their way to the sea.
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It all starts when the mature nesting Mama finds her way onto the beach, nearly always at night, and finds a perfect spot in the sand to create her nest. Using her hind flippers, she digs a circular hole 16-20 inches deep. After the hole is dug, she fills the nest with her eggs ~ 50-350 depending on the species!! She then re-fills the nest with sand, re-sculpting and smoothing the surface, and then camouflaging the nest with vegetation until it’s hidden to her satisfaction. The whole process takes 30-60 minutes. She then returns to the ocean, leaving the eggs untended.
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The eggs will incubate for 50–60 days and then hatch together over a short period of time. The baby turtles break free of the egg shell, dig through the sand, and crawl into the sea. It's estimated that only 1 in 1,000 hatchlings will survive to adulthood.
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