Green Sea Turtle Chelonia mydas Punta Cormorant, Floreana Island

This green sea turtle hatched in daylight. In spite of its small size it was clearly visible to the soaring frigate birds. As soon as it reached the water it was devoured in an effortless swoop by a frigate bird. It seemed harsh at the time but it was Nature’s way of insuring the future of the green sea turtle. The survival of this doomed creature would ultimately contribute to more sea turtles hatching in daylight…and never making it to the ocean.