This is an Olive Ridley sea turtle baby which I released in the warm seas of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The release program is part of an attempt to mitigate the increased predation caused by tourism in the area. Normally, when they hatch, they look for the moonlight reflecting off the waves to find the water. Lights from hotels and streets have gotten so bright and close to the beach that the turtles cannot find their way to sea.
I like to think about this turtle from time to time. According to the conservationist we worked with, about 3 in 100 will survive (up from 1 in 100 which are not released in the program). I hope this little one was one of those 2.
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