Baby turtle on the move

Island of Tetiaroa, French Polynesia, Pacific Ocean

From the moment they are born, baby turtles embark on an adventure fraught with pitfalls. When they emerge, the newborns have to reach the ocean and escape the predators lurking around them: crabs, mammals, birds, sharks... They then set off at full speed towards the open sea. Once in the water, baby turtles must swim many kilometers to feed. They remain highly vulnerable to marine predators, but not only... The green turtle used to be highly prized in trade, but has long been overexploited. It is still a victim of accidental capture. Today, it is classified as "endangered" by the IUCN. It is protected by numerous conventions and prefectoral decrees around the world. Numerous associations and foundations are working to protect it by encouraging reproduction (marking out nesting areas, nest watch, etc.).

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