The life of a sea turtle is hard.
Even before it’s hatched, most of the hundred of eggs that were laid will be eaten by opportunistic seagulls…
After it’s hatched, the young sea turtle hatchlings instinctively do a reverse Normandy invasion – make a mad rush to the waters!
Along the way, many more will fall prey to the crabs, lizards, dogs, foxes, more shorebirds, you name it!
This is the most dangerous phase of a sea turtle’s life.
The few that finally got into the ocean will have to face more under water predators like small marine mammals…
It’s said that less than 10% of the eggs that were laid will survive their first year.
As the young sea turtle feeds and grow in size, the less natural predators it will face. A fully grown sea turtle can only be threatened by the bigger sharks – like the tiger sharks. You need strong teeth to chew through the shell!
Only by braving and surviving all these dangers that an adult sea turtle will earn the “right” to mate and lay new eggs for the next generation of hatchlings.
A sea turtle never have the luxury of feeling “safe”.
But that’s about wild sea turtles.
Imagine some bleeding hearts animal lovers bring the turtle eggs home, incubate them, hatch them, feed them, treated them like pets…
After several generations, can these “domesticated” sea turtles ever return to the wild?
(By the way, you may have to watch that some of these bleeding hearts are not operating a sea turtle farm in disguise!)
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