18 OCT: Sea turtles make their way to the ocean after being released by a group of local tourists visiting a conservation centre in Pariaman, West Sumatra.
There are seven species of sea turtle, all of which are listed on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. The cheloniidae family includes all the sea turtles apart from the leatherback. Sea turtles can live up to 80 years and spend most of their lives submerged.
They mate at sea and the females come ashore to lay their eggs in nests dug into the sand. A hatchling’s gender is dependent on the temperature of the sand and there is concern that climate change will affect sea turtle populations as warmer temperatures may cause an increase in the proportion of hatching female turtles and a decrease in the number of males. PHOTO: ADEK BERRYADEK BERRY/AFP
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