Baby caretta carettas make it to sea in Fethiye

Some 115,000 baby caretta caretta sea turtles made it to the sea in Turkey this summer, according to a report released by the Environment Ministry. Experts have analyzed five special nesting areas of these species in the country, as part of a project run by the directorate-general for preservation of natural heritage under the ministry. They said in a report that 120,000 baby caretta carettas hatched out of these nets, out of which 115,000 reached the sea.

Their breeding season is between May 1 to Oct. 1. They lay approximately 100 eggs in each nest they dig in the breeding season. Then they hide their eggs with sand and return to the sea.
Females reach adulthood at around 20-25 years and find their way to the beaches that they have hatched out of. In short, they return to the same beaches to breed. The eggs hatch out two months later.
On their way into the sea, young turtles struggle with their predators at night. If they can escape from them, they reach the sea within 10-15 minutes.

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