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Sea Turtles Return to the Dongsha Islands to Lay their Eggs Working Together to Rescue and Release Hawksbill Sea Turtles

The long-absent sea turtles have finally returned to the Dongsha Islands to lay their eggs!

According to data, although there were records of sea turtles coming ashore to lay eggs on the Dongsha Islands in the early days, there has been no record of them coming ashore for many years. In 2015 and 2019, sand pits where they laid eggs were found, and one and seven baby turtles hatched respectively in those years.

In July of this year, traces of turtles coming ashore were found by the Dongsha Management Station. A total of two turtles have been recorded coming ashore eight times, and they found three pits suspected to be nesting sites. A night vision time-lapse camera has been set up recently in anticipation of capturing the footage of the new batch of turtle hatchlings.

On September 13, 2021, a hawksbill sea turtle tangled in an abandoned fishing net was found in the south of Dongsha Islands. It had a 34.3-cm long and 33.3-cm wide carapace, and it weighed about 3.5 kg. Besides minor abrasion injuries, the turtle was in good health and was released near its original home.

The Marine National Park Headquarters calls on the public to reduce marine debris which causes harm to marine life and the environment, so that sea turtles and all marine organisms can happily and safely roam and inhabit the beautiful sea in Dongsha Atoll National Park.

In 2015, sand pits where they laid eggs were found.
In 2015, sand pits where they laid eggs were found.
In 2019, sand pits where they laid eggs were found.
In 2019, sand pits where they laid eggs were found.
In July of this year, traces of turtles coming ashore were found by the Dongsha Management Station.
In July of this year, traces of turtles coming ashore were found by the Dongsha Management Station.
A total of two turtles have been recorded coming ashore eight times, and they found three pits suspected to be nesting sites.
A total of two turtles have been recorded coming ashore eight times, and they found three pits suspected to be nesting sites.
On September 13, 2021, a hawksbill sea turtle tangled in an abandoned fishing net was found in the south of Dongsha Islands,two pictures.
On September 13, 2021, a hawksbill sea turtle tangled in an abandoned fishing net was found in the south of Dongsha Islands.
Besides minor abrasion injuries, the turtle was in good health and was released near its original home.
Besides minor abrasion injuries, the turtle was in good health and was released near its original home.
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