Sea Turtle Hatching - Indian Ocean
September and October is the magical season when hundreds of baby turtles make their instinctive scramble from the white sandy beaches to the warm Indian Ocean waters, leaving the land behind them until their miraculous return years later, to nest at the exact site of their birth.
These tiny reptiles have been nesting on Tanzanian beaches for over 150 million years, and yet their extraordinary journey is no less special each year.
Incredibly, even Rough Guides don't know about Tanzania's turtles - so this is a great place to come and see them. You can witness this amazing natural spectacle on holiday in Saadani National Park on Tanzania's lesser-known east coast. The most common of turtles coming to Tanzania and Saadani to nest is the Green Turtle.
- Sea turtles are one of the Earth's most ancient creatures. The seven species that can be found today have been around for 110 million years, since the time of the dinosaurs
- Turtles undergo long migrations of up to 1400 miles, between their feeding grounds and the beaches where they nest
- Female turtles always nest at the exact site of their birth, even after being gone for years at a time
- Sadly, nearly all seven species of sea turtles have become highly endangered due to poaching, climate change and pollution - only 1 in 5000 baby sea turtles live to be adults