Watching turtles laying their eggs in Con Dao National Park

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 lay eggs on the beach. Witnessing the moment sea turtles dig holes and lay eggs is an exciting experience.

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.

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.

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.

Watching turtles laying their eggs in Con Dao National Park

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

 

 

 

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These visitors are thrilled to see the first eggs.

 

 

 

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Eggs are hatched in sand for 50-60 days.

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After the incubation time the baby turtles were born.

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Corals in Con Dao National Park.

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The colorful reefs of corals.

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Corals are under 4m depth.

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Mangrove forest.

 

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The magnificent beach.

 

 

Dan Tri

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