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A NEW DAY – Dawn at Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica

These images show olive ridley sea turtle hatchlings experiencing the dawn of their first day of life.    The little one below has just emerged from its nest at a nursery at  Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica.

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WAKE UP WORLD, IT’S A NEW DAY!

It’s fascinating to watch the little ones emerge from the sand; they immediately turn to the sound and aroma of the ocean and follow its call.

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“I think I can, I think I can!”

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I KNOW I Can, I KNOW I Can!

Like a baby mammal in search of its mother's first milk, the hatchling follows the call of the ocean.

Like a baby mammal in search of its mother’s first milk, the hatchling follows the call of the ocean.

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OLIVE RIDLEY SEA TURTLES. HATCHLINGS

OLIVE RIDLEY SEA TURTLE HATCHLINGS

Ahhhh!  Home Sweet Home!

Ahhhh! Home Sweet Home!

A few days after the hatchlings have returned to the sea, the nest is exhumed, and biologists inspect and collect data.  Every so often a (trapped?)  runt of the litter emerges!

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How magical it is to witness the awakening of an almost-dead hatchling!

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Within minutes, it too follows the call of the ocean!

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Several times along its journey, it stops and imprints, perhaps noting the precise gps location of its beach of origin.

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Life teaches tough lessons, and the waves batter the hatchling until it is strong enough to continue forward.

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What joy it is to watch it master the lesson of swimming! This one regained its strength and swam like a champion!

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Ignoring my running shoes and jeans, I waded deeper and cheered it on!

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Thanks & Happy NEW Year!

Lisa/Z

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