This is the moment cute, endangered turtle hatchlings swim out to sea at low tide for the first time in their lives in Australia.
The footage was shared online by the Government of Queensland, which is a state in north-eastern Australia. The Queensland government said: “Some of the first turtle hatchlings of the season have emerged at Raine Island, with Ranger Tina giving this one a helping hand to the water’s edge. Ninety percent of the northern Great Barrier Reef green turtles nest at Raine Island, with most of the adult turtles seen here having just laid eggs. That’s thousands of eggs in just one night!”
Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) are listed as endangered on the IUCN’s Red List of Endangered Species, largely due to human behaviour, with threats including hunting, poaching, habitat destruction, pollution, and ending up as by catch in fishing nets.
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