SINGAPORE: About 150 baby turtles were hatched last year at Singapore’s first and only hatchery for these marine creatures, the National Parks Board (NParks) said on Wednesday (Aug 21), nearly a year since its official launch in September 2018. The turtle hatchery at Sisters' Islands Marine Park was built as part of efforts to provide a safe space for incubating eggs, which faces threats caused by human traffic, light pollution and predators such as monitor lizards. Singapore is home to two species of turtles: the hawksbill turtle and the green turtle, both of which are critically endangered. The turtles visit various shores around Singapore to lay eggs during the nesting season from May to October. Each nest contains between 100 and 200 eggs. When CNA visited a hawksbill turtle nest along East Coast Beach on Wednesday morning, a clutch of 152 eggs were recorded. Of those, 98 eggs were relocated to NParks’s hatchery on Small Sister’s Island. The rest of the eggs were not relocated as they had not developed. NParks said the decision to move the eggs was due to its close proximity to a construction site, which is brightly lit at night. Volunteers patrolling the shores have also reported sightings of hatchlings… Read full this story
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