119 rare turtles begin life on Singapore shores

One of the hatchlings (left) spotted on Tuesday night, and an empty egg shell (above). Red light was used to snap the photos as it is the colour the hatchlings - which use moonlight to navigate - are least sensitive to.
One of the hatchlings (above) spotted on Tuesday night, and an empty egg shell. Red light was used to snap the photos as it is the colour the hatchlings - which use moonlight to navigate - are least sensitive to.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
One of the hatchlings (left) spotted on Tuesday night, and an empty egg shell (above). Red light was used to snap the photos as it is the colour the hatchlings - which use moonlight to navigate - are least sensitive to.
One of the hatchlings spotted on Tuesday night, and an empty egg shell (above). Red light was used to snap the photos as it is the colour the hatchlings - which use moonlight to navigate - are least sensitive to.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Critically endangered hawksbill turtles hatch from one of two nests on Pulau Satumu beach

Under the pale white light of the full moon, 44 little hawksbill turtles poked their heads out from under the sand and scurried towards the softly lapping waves.

Driven by instinct, they made their way to the waters that none of them had ever seen before.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2018, with the headline '119 rare turtles begin life on S'pore shores'. Print Edition | Subscribe