Many turtles on a beach - level 3
This incredible full moon was the first site to create thousands upon thousands of Olive Ridley turtles that hatched on a Pacific beach in the Mexican Province of Oaxaca.
The beach is one of 120 beaches in Mexico that female Olive Ridleys lay their eggs on, and it serves as an important breeding ground for the species, which is making a comeback after suffering because of overhunting.
During November and December, millions of baby turtles are born here and waddle towards the ocean for the first time. Each female can lay around 100 eggs per breed of just a 45-day gestation period.
“We’re estimating that in these three or four days, some 3-5 million young will be born which represents approximately 30-50% of hatchlings on this beach.”
Over 20 years ago, the Mexican government implemented ecological plans to protect the sea turtles, which has helped the numbers of Olive Ridleys to increase, but the species is still listed as endangered according to the US Endangered Species Act.
Difficult words: full moon (when you can see the whole moon), hatch (emerge from an egg), breed (have babies), species (kind of an animal), waddle (walk), gestation period (time when the baby animal is in its mother’s body) hatchling (young animal from an egg).
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