SINGAPORE – A critically endangered hawksbill turtle was spotted laying eggs on a beach at East Coast Park on Wednesday evening (Aug 23).
While sightings of freshly-hatched turtle hatchlings have been regularly reported, the sight of a turtle laying eggs is a rare one.
Last week on Aug 16, 32 hawksbill turtle hatchlings were guided back to sea by the National Parks Board (NParks) after they were spotted scampering about by members of the public.
On Wednesday, the pregnant turtle made landfall at around dusk, and NParks said it was alerted to the sighting by a member of the public at about 7.30pm.
NParks officers, who were in Australia to learn more about turtle management earlier this year at the Mon Repos Turtle Centre – an established institute on turtle ecology, were on the scene within half an hour.
Their observations showed that the reptile started laying eggs at about 8.40pm.
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