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Sea turtles Caretta - Caretta on the south coast

16.08.2016

Sea turtles caretta – caretta choose and lay their eggs on several beaches of Crete, two of them are the beaches of Matala and Komos, on the south coast.

The sea turtles live about 100 years and they reach adulthood after the second decade of their life. For their reproduction they come back at the beach they were born to lay their eggs every two to three years.

The period of laying every year starts in May and ends in October with the incubation of the small sea turtle to the sea.

Each laying period the sea turtle will lay two to three times, up to 120 eggs, which are incubated under the hot summer sun and are hatched in about 55 days.

There are many nests in several places on the beaches of Matala and Komos, you can distinguish the points that are fenced with wire.

If you are interested in finding out more about the sea turtle caretta - caretta, visit the kiosk of the Association "Archelon" which is located in Matala.

 

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