S. China nature reserve welcomes first clutch of sea turtle eggs
A visitor takes a photo of sea turtles in the national sea turtle nature reserve in Huizhou City, south China's Guangdong Province, June 3, 2021. (Xinhua/Li Jiale)
GUANGZHOU, May 11 (Xinhua) -- A national sea turtle nature reserve in Huizhou City, south China's Guangdong Province, spotted the first clutch of 89 eggs laid by a captive sea turtle this year.
According to the reserve, at around 10 p.m. on Saturday the green turtle made its way onto the beach and began digging. At around 10:30 p.m., it began laying eggs. After an hour, it covered the 89 eggs with sand and returned to the sea.
Yu Guozhong from the nature reserve said the turtle, called "Xiang Xiang," is one of the earliest domesticated turtles in the reserve and is 30 years old. It was Xiangxiang's second production, the first being in 2017.
In 2021, a total of nine turtles came ashore to lay eggs, producing 45 clutches of eggs and having hatched 1,880 offspring.