1. Here’s something you should know about turtles. They are actual ninjas.
2. Heroes in a half shell!
3. Before they’re even born, turtle babies are vulnerable in their nests, drawing predators like dingoes, foxes and goannas, who see them as a tasty treat.
4. Fun fact: The sex of the baby turtles depends on how warm their nest is – cool nests produce males, while warmer ones make females.
Obviously the product of a really cool nest.
5. If they’re not attacked by predators, they break out of their eggs after 45 to 70 days,
They chill in the nest for a few days after hatching to absorb their yolk, giving them strength for what’s to come. Spoiler: it’s a lot of danger.
6. After dusk, they dig themselves out from under the sand in a coordinated effort.
7. Then instinctively head towards the water, guided by the horizon.
8. This is the most dangerous time in a turtle’s life.
9. As the hatchlings head to the ocean, just minding their own business, predators like gulls and crabs treat the beach like their own personal smorgasbord.
Artificial light also poses a risk to these babies.
10. The hatchlings that do make it to the ocean are then potential food for sharks and large fish, who wait in the shallows for their pray.
11. To get away from predators, they swim like mad once they’re in the water and then disappear for years.
12. Seriously, nobody knows what happens to baby turtles during the first few years of their lives.
13. For all we know, they could be out there rescuing clown fish in distress, being the superheroes of the sea.
14. Or maybe just eating pizza.
15. But basically the chances of them surviving to adulthood are sweet fuck all.*
*Actual scientific term. OK, not really – their chances of surviving are less than 1%.
16. Which means the ones that do are absolute freaking champions.
17. The good news is once they’re adults, basically nothing kills turtles.
Except humans. :(