These amazing little newborns use cues, normally at night to avoid being predated upon, to help them get to the offshore waters, including the slope of the beach, white crests of the waves, and the natural light of the ocean which reflects the moonlight. However, it's not all plain sailing as recent developments along beaches mean the newborns are likely to follow these lights instead and therefore end up being run over or become very dehydrated. Not only this, but they have a series of obstacles to tackle whilst on their journey to the sea: crabs, birds etc want to all have their share with a piece of a tasty sea turtle snack. You can see why only one in 1,000 hatchlings make it to adulthood. This shows how important conservation techniques for this species in particular are.
What is Frontier doing to help? Turtle conservation is carried out in Costa Rica by both volunteers and staff members from Frontier, whereby hatchlings are given a fighting chance of making it to the sea. Hatchlings are either protected in their nesting sites or the eggs are taken in and once hatched are then observed whilst making their journey toward the sea. This includes monitoring the frequency and health of local nesting turtle populations and managing nest relocations to associated hatcheries. More information and publications on this can be found here.