168 turtle hatchlings take to the ocean

Just over a hundred Barbadians flooded the beach at Fitts Village, St James this evening to see the Barbados Sea Turtle Project release 168 Hawksbill turtle hatchlings.

While there, a Barbados TODAY team witnessed 187 new hatchlings emerging from a nearby nesting site. Quick action from volunteers of the project ensured that they were counted and then released into the ocean.

The new turtle hatchlings making their way to the water.
The new turtle hatchlings making their way to the water.
The 168 Hawksbill turtle hatchlings just before they were released by the Barbados Sea Turtle Project.
The 168 Hawksbill turtle hatchlings just before they were released by the Barbados Sea Turtle Project.

Unfortunately, many will not reach the stage of adulthood. Statistics show that one in every 1000 survives. The hatching season began mid-May and is expected to end mid-September. The public is asked to report any sighting of turtles by calling the sea turtle hotline at 230-0142 and to exercise caution when traversing the beaches at night.

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