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Residents excited to see dozens of turtle hatchlings waddling toward ocean in Vietnam

Residents excited to see dozens of turtle hatchlings waddling toward ocean in Vietnam

Tuesday, July 09, 2024, 14:33 GMT+7
Residents excited to see dozens of turtle hatchlings waddling toward ocean in Vietnam
Residents crowd a beach in Nhon Hai Commune, Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam to watch baby turtles proceeding into the ocean, July 8, 2024. Photo: Xuan Sang / Tuoi Tre

Over 30 newly-hatched baby turtles proceeded into the ocean in Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam on Monday night, exhilarating locals and conservationists.

Duong Hiep Hung, secretary of the Party Committee of Nhon Hai Commune in Quy Nhon City, the provincial capital, announced the waddle of over 30 sea turtle hatchlings toward the ocean on Tuesday morning.

Crowds of residents gathered on the beach to enjoy the sight, Hung said.

After being informed that the baby turtles were hatching and starting to walk into the sea, local conservationists and officials approached the beach to protect and release them.

They were the first turtle hatchlings in the commune this year.

“They hatched from the eggs laid by a mother turtle on May 21,” Hung said.

Some strong baby turtles made their way into the ocean, while weaker ones were assisted by locals and conservationists to reach the water.

The official elaborated that the commune would continue working with relevant units to encourage residents and tourists to protect nesting and hatching areas for turtles to boost their population.

Locals help baby turtles access the ocean after they hatch from eggs. Photo: Xuan Sang / Tuoi Tre

Locals help baby turtles access the ocean after they hatched out. Photo: Xuan Sang / Tuoi Tre

“The baby turtles are so cute. How lucky I am to catch the moment of baby turtles walking into the sea,” said Tran Van Nhat, a native of Nhon Hai Commune.

“We are also extremely excited to help these baby turtles access the water."

A mother turtle was discovered crawling onto the beach in the commune to lay eggs on the evenings of May 21 and June 6.

The turtle was reported to lay over 100 eggs each time before returning to the ocean. The reptile laid multiple clutches of eggs, totaling some 400.

Dozens of hatchlings make their way into the ocean in Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Xuan Sang / Tuoi Tre

Dozens of hatchlings make their way into the ocean in Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Xuan Sang / Tuoi Tre

A newly-hatched turtle swims in the water off Binh Dinh Province. Photo: Xuan Sang / Tuoi Tre

A newly-hatched turtle swims in the water in Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Xuan Sang / Tuoi Tre

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