Turtle Hatching, Cyprus

Freshly hatched baby turtle crawling across sand on Natura Beach in Cyprus

Every summer, metal cages appear on beaches all over Cyprus. They protect clutches of turtle's eggs that have been laid in the sand. When the eggs hatch, the baby turtles dig their way out of the nest. Choose the right time for a late-night walk and you can see the tiny turtles emerging from the sand. Drawn by the moonlight reflecting on the water, they scuttle down the beach and launch themselves into the sea.

The August full moon is the prime time to see turtles hatching in Cyprus. However, as they use the moonlight to navigate, be careful of shining bright torches on the baby turtles. It could disorientate them.

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