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Friday, June 16, 2017

FEMALE LEATHERBACK TURTLE BUILDING NEST & LAYING EGGS, MATURA SEA TURTLE NESTING SITE, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

   In the first two photos you can see the Leatherback Turtle digging it's nest with its rear flippers.  The next two photos show the turtle laying it eggs. She will lay from 90 to 120 eggs per clutch.  The last two photos show front views of the turtle while it is still laying eggs.
   This turtle was tagged 10 days before it built this nest, when it built another nest and layed eggs on Matura Beach.   The juvenile turtles will return in 25 - 30 years.   The Leatherback Turtles spend the winter in Canada where they like the cold water.