On The Second Dive of Christmas, My Buddy Gave to Me...
Turtles are always on a diver's list of favourite animals to spot underwater. They are often so accustomed to our presence that they almost ignore us until we get too close and then, with what is undoubtedly a fairly grumpy glare, they paddle off somewhere quieter.
Given what turtles have to go through in their lifetimes, it's not unimaginable to think that they are just not afraid of humans. When you've had to dodge tiger sharks on a daily basis, annoying people with their flashes and strobes are a mere nuisance.
If there's a stage in a turtle's life where it's most at risk, however, it's running the gauntlet from the beach to the sea as a hatchling. The adult females travel thousands of miles through the ocean, to lay their eggs in the sand of the same beach where they themselves hatched.
There's nothing quite so heartwarming as watching the babies struggle out to their new home, and nothing quite so tragic as watching them get picked off by predators. Where they disappear to as they mature, nobody really knows, until the crew of the recent Blue Planet II documentary spotted one sheltering under a log, floating out at sea with its own little community of life.
There are loads of turtle hatching videos out there on YouTube, but here's a couple we've featured in the magazine, from our friends at Siladen Resort and Spa earlier this year, and a live turtle webcam from 2014.
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