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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
First steps

A loggerhead turtle hatchling takes its first steps towards the Gulf of Mexico after it was released by a local turtle conservation group. The nest of hatchlings had been disoriented by lights when it hatched the night before, and they were collected in a bucket to give them a chance to rest until dawn, when they were released.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Bradenton Beach, Florida, United States of America
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX120 IS
Copyright: © Cynthia Lane