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Tiny and com­pletely on their own, leatherback tur­tle hatch­lings must head to­wards the water

Oc­to­ber is peak time for peo­ple hop­ing to watch leatherback tur­tles nest­ing. Af­ter mat­ing at sea, fe­males dig nests in soft sand and lay around 100 eggs be­fore cov­er­ing them and re­turn­ing to the sea. Hatch­lings emerge two months later and em­bark on a per­ilous jour­ney across the beach to the rel­a­tive safety of the ocean.

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