Egg-laying by leatherback sea turtles
(French Guiana)

The beaches of French Guiana constitute major egg-laying sites for the largest of the world’s sea turtles: the leatherback. At high tide, these mastodons leave the silted waters to lay approximately 100 eggs deep in the sand according to a well-established ritual. After two months of incubation, the hatchlings emerge from the sand and attempt to reach the sea, despite the many predators that await them.


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