27/08/2014
Newborn sea turtle makes its way to sea Photo: Galia Pasternak

Race to Survive: Newborn Sea Turtles Begin "Long Way Home"
Newborn sea turtle makes its way to sea
Photo: Galia Pasternak

The hatching season has begun for sea turtles. Some 50 days after mother turtles dug holes in beaches across the country to lay their eggs, those eggs are hatching and newborn sea turtles are starting to make their way "home," to the sea. This is the ultimate survival test for these turtles, as many dangers lurk on the beaches. These include the possibility of being eaten by foxes, crows, and crabs – not to mention the man-made obstacles created by humans: Garbage can trap them, lights attract them and cause them to travel in the opposite direction of the sea, tracks from vehicle tires divert them. To increase their chances of making it to the sea and surviving, the little creatures often attempt their life-threatening journeys at night, and in large groups.

​The Israel Nature and Parks Authority tries to ensure that there are clear paths to the sea for newly hatched sea turtles at beaches across the country.

Take an INPA tour (Hebrew) to learn more about sea turtles and to see a nest being opened: *3639