mmnjug:

regram @localoceantrust
In #Watamu the vast majority of the #turtle nests hatch at #night so that the hatchlings have the best chance of #survival. If they hatched in daylight they would be easy prey for #crabs, #birds, #fish and pretty much anything else looking for a quick #snack. The hatchlings #instinct drives them to head to the brightest light, which should be the moonlight reflecting off the water. So as not to confuse the hatchlings, only #red light is used during our night time #beach patrols because #turtles can’t see red light!
#sealife #ocean #conservation #kenya #africa #marinebiology #babyanimals #reptile

turtleconservancy:

We are proud to announce the hatching of our third Mexican Spotted Turtle (Rhinoclemmys rubida rubida) at our conservation center. The conservation status of this species from Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico, was last evaluated by the IUCN in 2007. They concluded that the available information was insufficient to determine its risk of extinction. The Turtle Conservancy believes this species is in danger because of local human impacts in the region. #TurtleConservancy #Mexico #conservation #turtle #tortoise #hatchling #cute #babyanimals #rare #wildlife #nofilter