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What are the chances of survival?

An Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Egg;  What are its chances of survival?

Happy New Year, everyone!  I am so honored that one of my images won Let’s Be Wild’s ‘Exploration’ category.   See the image HERE.  This week’s photo challenge (ending today!) is “New Beginnings.”   Let’s go once again to Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica and watch the olive ridley sea turtles’ new beginnings.

While the female turtle is in her egg-laying trance, the biologists record data then transfer the eggs to a nursery.

While the female turtle is in her egg-laying trance, the biologists record data then transfer the eggs to a nursery.

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The eggs are buried the same depth

The eggs are buried the same depth as the turtle’s original nest.

In 40 to 60 days, the magical awakening begins, and the hatchlings quickly find their way to the surface and follow the call of the ocean.

Ah!  Tortugitas!

Ah! Tortugitas!

Days later, when the biologists exhume the nest, a straggler is often discovered.   With high hopes, we watched this one find its sea legs and head to the ocean.

Hello World!

Hello World!

Within a few minutes, it began its journey to the sea!

Within a few minutes, it began its journey to the sea!

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 olive ridley hatchling follows the call of the ocean.

The ocean embraces the baby turtle with a complete baptism!

Swim your heart out, little one, and carry with you the GPS positioning of your birthplace!

Swim your heart out, little one, and carry with you the GPS positioning of your birthplace!

After a nest hatches, the biologist oversees the little ones’ journey to the ocean.

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With zero qualms, the hatchlings scamper straight to the ocean!

Biologists watching the tiny tanks scuttle to the ocean...

Biologists watching the tiny tanks scuttle to the ocean…

For a scientific post about the olive ridley sea turtles, go HERE.

Ahhhh!  Home Sweet Home!

Ahhhh! Home Sweet Home!

For more photos of sea turtles, see  the end-of-the year post HERE. (A Sea Turtle’s First Day)

Visit Let’s Be Wild for other posts featuring NEW BEGINNINGS.

For the past few weeks, my attention has been directed to a large painting, which depletes my energies each day.    It’s difficult to merge the painting mode with a ‘chatty’ one, so I have made few ripples in the WordPress waters this week!  Thanks, all of you, for your amazing support, especially when I am silent, and you’re still there saying nice things to me!   Life could be much worse!   Z

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