Hawksbill turtles' return a positive sign

At least four nests spotted since May; eggs began hatching last week

(Left) One of the 119 newly hatched turtles from a nest on Pulau Satumu, the restricted island on which Raffles Lighthouse stands, on Tuesday night making its way to the sea in the dark. (Right) A time-lapse camera set up by the Maritime and Port Aut
At Sentosa’s Tanjong Beach, 102 hawksbill turtles hatched on Sept 19, 61 days after the eggs were laid. Hawksbill turtles have been increasingly spotted on and around Singapore’s coasts in recent years, and Nature Society (Singapore) marine conservation group chairman Stephen Beng says they are a positive sign of life coming back to local waters. PHOTO: SENTOSA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
(Left) One of the 119 newly hatched turtles from a nest on Pulau Satumu, the restricted island on which Raffles Lighthouse stands, on Tuesday night making its way to the sea in the dark. (Right) A time-lapse camera set up by the Maritime and Port Aut
One of the 119 newly hatched turtles from a nest on Pulau Satumu, the restricted island on which Raffles Lighthouse stands, on Tuesday night making its way to the sea in the dark. ST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI
(Left) One of the 119 newly hatched turtles from a nest on Pulau Satumu, the restricted island on which Raffles Lighthouse stands, on Tuesday night making its way to the sea in the dark. (Right) A time-lapse camera set up by the Maritime and Port Aut
A time-lapse camera set up by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore to monitor one of two nests on the island. ST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI

The beaches of Singapore have always been special for the marine life that thrives on the coastline, but some creatures have made these shores just that bit more magical in recent months.

At least four hawksbill turtle nests have been recorded by the National Parks Board (NParks) on Singapore's coasts since May, and they began hatching from last week.

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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 'Hawksbill turtles' return a positive sign'. Subscribe