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 such as vultures, sea gulls, raccoons, possums, even coyotes. What a delight for these rainsong volunteers to be witness to this epic natural adventure!
These are OLIVE RIDLEY sea turtle hatchlings, hatching from one of PRETOMA's hatcheries.
Approximately ONLY ONE IN ONE THOUSAND olive ridley hatchlings survive to reach reproduction age, 8 years old.
For leatherbacks the ratio is much much less...
ONE IN TEN THOUSAND LEATHERBACK HATCHLINGS survive to reach reproduction age of 15 years old.