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submitted by Museum Administration on 12.10.2003

Baby Loggerhead Turtle

Baby Loggerhead Turtle
Copyright (2003) Kythera Museum Of Natural History

When a baby loggerhead hatches from its shell, it makes its way to the sea following a path of moonlight reflected on the water. On over-developed beaches, campfires and electric lights can compete with moonlight, confusing the newly hatched turtles who may get lost and die on the beach.

Baby loggerhead turtle, found dried up on Skandia beach, 2001. 5 cm. Gift of Zoe Paul. Photograph ©James Prineas, 2003

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