This is why we do this

Lab Note #2
Feb 21, 2014

We have learned incredible amounts about leatherback turtles in the last 13 years. This previously poorly understood population has increased dramatically in the last decade and we hope to use our findings to help other populations that are nearing extinction. We have learned that individual females nest every two-three years, skipping a year or two before returning to nest again. During the nesting season, they can lay as many as 6-8 nests every 10-11 days. Each nest contains approximately 60-80 eggs. The eggs take 70-80 days to hatch. Hatchlings look exactly like miniature adults. While we still don't know exactly how long it takes to reach maturity, we estimate that females reach maturity between 10-20 years.

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