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Watching turtles laying eggs all night

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Con Dao Island is the ideal place for laying eggs to Green sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) and hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate). With an area of 14,000 hectare of water surface, Con Dao has a very large population of sea turtles. Every year in the breeding season, thousands of sea turtles make nests and lay eggs on the sandbanks of Con Dao National Park. In the rush time of breeding season in July and August, there are about 20 mother turtles laying eggs each night. Witnessing the moment sea turtles dig holes and lay eggs is an exciting experience.

At night sea turtles crawl onto the sand to find suitable place to dig holes before laying eggs

At night sea turtles crawl onto the sand to find suitable place to dig holes before laying eggs

According to the Management Board of Con Dao National Park, in the January-July period of 2013, Con Dao National Park welcomed more than 8,000 visitors, 80 percent as domestic tourists.

These visitors are thrilled to see the first eggs.

These visitors are thrilled to see the first eggs.

These visitors are thrilled to see the first eggs.

These visitors are thrilled to see the first eggs.

Since 1995, more than 300,000 baby turtles have been released back into the sea and nearly 1,000 mature turtles have been tagged. Characteristics of Con Dao turtle species are laying eggs at night. To watch sea turtles lay eggs, visitors have to stay up all night on the beach. The breeding season of Con Dao sea turtles is from April to November, particularly from June to September.

Eggs are hatched in sand for 50-60 days.

Eggs are hatched in sand for 50-60 days.

Eggs are hatched in sand for 50-60 days.

After the incubation time the baby turtles were born.

After the incubation time the baby turtles were born.

The baby turtles come back the sea

The baby turtles come back the sea

These visitors help the baby turtles come back the sea after the incubation time

These visitors help the baby turtles come back the sea after the incubation time

Con Dao National Park is also known for the diversity of corals, along with the ecosystem of mangroves and seagrass. The relationship between coral reefs, seagrass and mangroves has created a favorable environment for marine species.

In addition, Con Dao National Park is famous for its green spaces, fresh sea air with beautiful stretching beaches.

Mangrove forest.

Mangrove forest.

The magnificent beach

The magnificent beach

Corals are under 4m depth.

Corals are under 4m depth.

The colorful reefs of corals

The colorful reefs of corals

Corals in Con Dao National Park.

Corals in Con Dao National Park.

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