Watch : Turtles hatch at Golden Bay in first recorded event in a generation

stringently la guardia dating gay Exclusive video by Mark Zammit Cordina. Turtles have hatched in Golden Bay in a first-in-a-generation event closely watched by environmentalists. Just yesterday, Villach dating gay in keyser Times of Malta had quoted officials saying that the storms that lashed the islands over the weekend could mean an early hatching, but the rain also brought the risk of drowning the fragile eggs.

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Środa Wielkopolska william hill vegas casino However, everything appeared normal last night as some 60 turtles hatched in pitch darkness and made their way to the sea as environmentalists celebrated in silence.

Lights were kept to a minimum as soon as movement was detected at about 2am. But since there was no moonlight, environmentalists used special infrared lights to guide the young turtles to the sea amid fears they could be disoriented by the lights of the hotel.

The turtle nest at Golden Bay.The turtle nest at Golden Bay.

Over the past weeks volunteers dug a trench from the nest to the sea to help the hatchlings on their way.

The mother turtle was observed lumbering up the beach and laying her eggs on August 1 and that part of the bay has been closed off and kept under round-the-clock watch ever since.

Last night’s event was monitored by officials from Nature Trust and the Environment Authority. The police closed off the area and nobody was allowed near.

The turtle nesting was the first since 2012, when a loggerhead turtle laid eggs at Ġnejna Bay, the first recorded in decades. Those eggs never hatched, with environmental authorities concluding they had become water-logged due to the underlying blue clay.

Loggerhead turtles tend to lay between three and six nests a season, with up to 130 eggs in each nest. Female turtles eventually return to the beach where they were born to lay their own eggs.

The turtles are classified as globally endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Capturing or killing, as well as deliberately disturbing turtles or their eggs, is prohibited by law.