105 Rare Turtles Hatch On Protected Caribbean Beach

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorMichael LeidigAgencyNewsflash

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This is the moment several endangered turtles hatch on a beach in a Colombian national park as part of what were 105 hatchlings in total in the same area.

The loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) hatched in the Tayrona National Natural Park, a large protected area covering the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta as they meet the Caribbean coast in northern Colombia.

They hatched on Castillete Beach in the park’s sector known as Canaveral.

The national park said in a press release that loggerhead turtles are known locally as the ‘tortuga boba’ (‘stupid turtle’) because they never flee from the presence of humans.

The Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) categorises loggerhead turtles as ‘endangered’.

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In the footage, several turtles are seen hatching in the sand before making their way towards the shoreline.

Park ranger Cristobal Tobon, who has been monitoring the turtle’s nesting activities, said that these turtles can grow to be between 70 and 150 centimetres long with a weight of between 150 and 200 kilogrammes.

They feed on small fish, jellyfish and some plants, among other things.

Loggerhead turtles travel long distances to arrive at the beach where they lay their eggs.

Tayrona National Natural Park is considered one of South America’s most important ecological reserves and boasts a number of virgin beaches, archaeological remains, waterfalls and cliffs.

Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.