Thu. Dec 8th, 2022

Dozens of baby sea turtles were released onto the sands of Punta Chama Beach in Panama before crawling into the Pacific Ocean.

The Lora turtle faces many threats – including beach pollution, the effects of global climate change and the trade in her eggs.

The turtles are released onto the shore rather than directly into the water so they can perform what is known as ‘imprinting’, says Jorge Padilla, a member of the Tortuguias Foundation.

“Imprinting” is a process that, Mr. Padilla adds, “will return them to the beach where they were born in 18 to 20 years.”