Olive Ridley Turtle-hatching Season


Cameramen and volunteers surround an Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) as she lays eggs on a beach in Tomatlan November 15, 2013. Twenty years ago, Mexico’s government implemented ecological plans to protect the sea turtles from being hunted for their leather and meat and established conservation areas and a pay system for local residents to protect turtle nests. Millions of baby turtles hatch on the shores in November and December, according to an environmental group. It is estimated that in 2012, there were 20 million newborns. Hatching season is still underway, but officials say they expect there will be even more turtles born this year. (Photo by Alejandro Acosta/Reuters)


Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings (Lepidochelys olivacea) sit in baskets and trays at the turtle camp La Gloria, before their release into the ocean in Tomatlan November 15, 2013. (Photo by Alejandro Acosta/Reuters)


A woman walks past a basket with Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings (Lepidochelys olivacea) at the turtle camp La Gloria, before their release into the ocean in Tomatlan November 16, 2013. (Photo by Alejandro Acosta/Reuters)


Volunteers collect the eggs of an Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) on a beach in Tomatlan November 15, 2013. (Photo by Alejandro Acosta/Reuters)


Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings (Lepidochelys olivacea) sit in a basket before their release from the turtle camp La Gloria into the ocean in Tomatlan November 16, 2013. (Photo by Alejandro Acosta/Reuters)


Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings (Lepidochelys olivacea) sit in baskets and trays at the turtle camp La Gloria, before their release into the ocean in Tomatlan November 15, 2013. (Photo by Alejandro Acosta/Reuters)


A volunteer holds a Olive Ridley turtle hatchling (Lepidochelys olivacea) at the turtle camp La Gloria in Tomatlan November 15, 2013. (Photo by Alejandro Acosta/Reuters)


A volunteer holds a basket with Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings (Lepidochelys olivacea) at the turtle camp La Gloria in Tomatlan November 15, 2013. (Photo by Alejandro Acosta/Reuters)


Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings (Lepidochelys olivacea) are guided by volunteers with flashlights as they try to reach the ocean in Tomatlan November 15, 2013. (Photo by Alejandro Acosta/Reuters)


An Olive Ridley turtle hatchling (Lepidochelys olivacea) flips on its back while trying to reach the ocean along with others in Tomatlan November 16, 2013. (Photo by Alejandro Acosta/Reuters)


An Olive Ridley turtle hatchling (Lepidochelys olivacea) reaches the ocean after being released in Tomatlan November 16, 2013. (Photo by Alejandro Acosta/Reuters)

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