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On the shores of Oaxaca, Mexico thousands the sea turtles appear for their annual nesting season called 'arribada', or arrival. Masses of endangered Olive Ridley Sea Turtles swarm the beaches to lay their fertilized eggs in nests they dig in the sandy beach. Each turtle will lay 80 to 100 round soft-shell eggs in a shallow nest before heading back to the ocean. These eggs are a prime nutritious target for local birds such as vultures and tropic birds.

Tui De Roy takes to the beach to watch the spectacle from arrival of the females, laying of eggs and the eventual hatching of the lucky ones. She also shares images of volunteers from the NGO Camapmento Tortuguero who collect a portion of these eggs to hatch them in captivity then release the hatchlings into to ocean to give them a fighting chance.
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652832 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652807 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652837 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) pair mating, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652833 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) pair mating, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
American Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) predating Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchling, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652792 American Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) predating Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchling, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652802 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) surfing wave, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652803 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) surfing wave, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652838 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652801 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652799 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652806 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652797 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652800 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore at night to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652805 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore at night to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to nest with other female returning to sea, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652812 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to nest with other female returning to sea, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) surfing wave, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652804 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) surfing wave, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to nest, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652809 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to nest, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) on beach after nesting, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652825 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) on beach after nesting, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) on beach after nesting, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652824 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) on beach after nesting, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) returning to sea after nesting, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652821 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) returning to sea after nesting, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) returning to sea after nesting, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652827 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) returning to sea after nesting, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) conservationists digging up hatchlings from nests in enclosed area, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652819 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) conservationists digging up hatchlings from nests in enclosed area, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchling emerging from egg, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652823 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchling emerging from egg, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus) carrying Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchling prey, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652793 Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus) carrying Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchling prey, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
American Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) predating Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchling, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652791 American Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) predating Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchling, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)hatchling, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652817 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)hatchling, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchling, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652822 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchling, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) pair, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652839 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) pair, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652836 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652835 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652834 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652831 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) pair, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652830 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) pair, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) pair mating, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652829 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) pair mating, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) pair mating, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652828 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) pair mating, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) returning to sea after nesting, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652826 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) returning to sea after nesting, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchling entering sea, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652820 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchling entering sea, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)hatchling, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652818 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)hatchling, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to nest at night, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652816 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to nest at night, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to nest at night, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652815 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to nest at night, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to nest, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652814 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to nest, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to nest, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652813 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to nest, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to nest with other female returning to sea, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652811 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to nest with other female returning to sea, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to nest, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652810 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to nest, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to nest, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652808 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to nest, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652798 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652796 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652795 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652794 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to nest during arribada, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
American Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) trio looking for eggs while Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female is laying them, Oaxaca, Mexico
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00652790 American Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) trio looking for eggs while Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female is laying them, Oaxaca, Mexico© Tui De Roy
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