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Witness Marine Turtle Hatching!

Do you want to witness how small marine turtles emerge from their underground egg chamber on the beach, hectically rushing into the ocean? Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime struggle for survival!

Register and let us know when you will be in Zanzibar and at which hotel you will be staying. Should there be any hatching of young marine turtles during your stay, we will immediately contact you and will arrange a transfer to the respective beach.

We pay fishermen who find turtle nests on beaches to leave the eggs in the sand and to watch the site against poaching. When the young turtles hatch, which usually from one underground egg chamber takes several days with batches of 20-50 hatchlings emerging at a time, the fishermen report to us, and we will immediately inform you.

Don't worry - you can still decide whether you want to join once we contact you.    

The rates for this unforgettable experience will be published soon. If you are interested, please contact us at info@world-unite.de.

 

The nesting and hatching process:

Females lay several clutches of eggs at approximately 2 weeks intervals at several beaches in close proximity (0-5 km). In order to successfully nest, turtles need access to beaches with deep, fine, moist sand and a beach platform high enough that the nest is not inundated by spring tides or flooded by the water table below. Most turtles nest during the cooler hours of night. Using her front flippers, the turtle drags herself up the beach and having found a suitable location to nest, excavates a body pit.

Using her hind flippers, she digs a flask-shaped egg chamber, which may be up to 100 cm deep, into which are deposited a clutch of up to 130 soft leathery eggs. During egg laying, all species of turtles are relatively tolerant of a modest level of external disturbance. Once the nest chamber is filled in, sand is thrown over the nest site and the female returns to the sea. She affords her eggs no further protection. The process of nesting typically takes about 1.5 hours.

The incubation period averages between 55 and 75 days. Under ideal conditions, hatchling success for a clutch of eggs is typically 80%. The hatchling sex is determined by temperature, with cooler temperatures producing males and warmer favouring the development of females. Within the underground egg Chamber, the hatchlings cut through the eggshell and begin crawling upwards, usually emerging onto the surface of the beach in the early evening. The emergence may take several days, with batches of 20-50 hatchlings emerging at a time.

Aligning themselves with the main source of light, which under natural conditions is the marine horizon, they immediately crawl seaward across the sand to the surf where they hectically rush to reach open waters where predators are fewer.

 

 

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