Tabulaa - Bucket List - Watch Baby Sea Turtles Hatch
Male and female turtles mate in the water, and the males return to deep sea to feed. For several weeks, female sea turtles alternate between mating in the water and laying their eggs on land. Before laying her eggs, a female turtle will dig a hole in the sand with her hind flippers. Females lay their eggs, often between 50 and 200 at a time. She lays her eggs in the hole in the sand and then shereturns to the ocean. About two months pass for the eggs to incubate under the sand. Afterwards, the eggs hatch, generally at night to avoid predation, and the hatchlings crawl to the water.
A sea turtle’s gender is determined by the temperature in the nest. Amazingly, females return to the same beach where they were born to lay their eggs, even though it may be 30 years later and the appearance of the beach may have greatly changed.