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Hatched turtles go on sea journey

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Crowds came to Puerto Arista sea turtle sanctuary in the Mexican state of Chiapas to help set some 7,000 hatchlings off on their journey into the sea.

Volunteers had collected eggs from the nests on the stretch of beach bordered by the reserve.

September, October and November are high season for the young turtles to hatch in Chiapas.

Of every 1,000 hatchlings that are released, only two or three will survive to adulthood and return to nest.

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