Video of a turtle hatchling crawling to the sea on Heron Island set to “Girl You Never Knew” by Georgia Wonder.
Adult turtles have no natural predators, but only one in a thousand make it that far. On Heron Island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, I follow one newborn green turtle on its hazardous first journey from the nest above the high-tide mark where it was born, to the sea. Hundreds of turtles were born in this clutch, attracting the close attention of predators for stragglers like this one.
Nature is cruel – will the turtle defy the odds or will it become a tasty snack for a seagull or reef shark? Perhaps the lamenting tone of the song provides a clue.
Set to the song “Girl You Never Knew” by the band Georgia Wonder (you can follow them on Twitter too). Song licensed under Creative Commons Share Alike non-commercial licence. All other rights reserved. (You are welcome to embed the video on your site with a link to Roaming Tales).
I spent my honeymoon on Heron and Wilson Islands in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in April this year.
Related posts: Swimming with the turtles
Glamping on Wilson Island (EcoSalon)
All Great Barrier Reef posts on Roaming Tales.
I also saw turtles hatching in Wilson Island – including the one pictured below. They usually hatch at dusk but we found this one on its own during the day (it meant a great photo for me).