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Critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle hatch 100 eggs on Sentosa’s Tanjong Beach; SDC asking guests to help secure other nests

Critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle hatch 100 eggs on Sentosa’s Tanjong Beach; SDC asking guests to help secure other nests

A Hawksbill turtle nest was discovered at Tanjong Beach on 14 July 2019.

In line with Sentosa Development Corporation’s (SDC) commitment to conserving wildlife found on the island, a protective barrier was erected around the nest within the day to keep the eggs safe from natural predators such as monitor lizards and crabs, as well as other potential disturbances during the incubation period. SDC also worked with the National Parks Board (NParks) to conduct checks to ensure that the nest was safe.

After 51 days, a total of 100 eggs hatched on 3 September 2019 and emerged at approximately 10 PM. SDC carried out measurements and checks on the turtle hatchlings before they were released into the sea at around 7 AM on 4 September 2019.

This is the fifth time since 1996 that eggs of the critically endangered Hawksbill turtle have hatched on Sentosa. Previous turtle hatchlings were also recorded in 2010, January 2018 and September 2018 at Tanjong Beach.

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SDC would like to remind guests to contact SDC at 1800-SENTOSA (7368672) should they spot a turtle nest on Sentosa. Guests are advised to keep their distance and not shine lights on the sighted turtle as this could confuse or scare away the turtle.

For more information on what to do during a sighting, visit here.

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