After about 60 days of incubation in the sand, baby sea turtles hatch from their nest all together at the same time, move up to the sand surface and begin their journey to the ocean. From nests of up to 100 eggs, little turtles hatch in unison and immediately head towards the sea following the downward slope of the beach and guided by the reflections of the moon and stars in the water. They face many obstacles in this journey, predation being one of the greatest dangers. By hatching and moving to the sea together baby turtles increase their surviving possibilities. Some of them, however, are preyed upon by diverse predators like sea birds and foxes, but others make it to the water and begin their long oceanic life while rapidly swimming offshore. In the first 10 years they float in the ocean plankton, and only at 30 years-old they reach their sexual maturity; on average, of 1000 hatchlings only one get to adulthood and reproduce.
This year, 37 hawksbill nests were created in the sanctuary this year, the highest since records were first kept. Read more in Gulf News: