A Turtle Avalanche in Brazil: Tens of Thousands of Giant River Turtle Hatchlings

The mass emergence took place in the Reserva Biologica do Abufari (Abufari Biological Reserve), where WCS Brazil conservationists have been monitoring adult females and their nests before, during, and after the birth of the hatchlings.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Call it a turtle avalanche! The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has released an amazing video showing tens of thousands of Giant South American River turtle hatchlings (Podocnemis expansa) emerging from a sandy beach in a protected area along the Purus River -- a tributary of the Amazon River in Brazil.

WCS Brazil conservationists say the emergence occurred over several days.

Approximately 71,000 hatchlings emerged on one day alone, followed by another 21,000 a few days later.

The mass emergence took place in the Reserva Biologica do Abufari (Abufari Biological Reserve), where WCS Brazil conservationists have . . .

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