Life can be difficult for little turtles when they face threats such as predation (specifically by raccoons and sharks), commercial fishing, pollution, habitat destruction, and climate change. In fact, only one in 1,000 to 10,000 hatchlings will survive to see their adult years. Those lucky enough to reach sexual maturity will breed, and adult females will return to the same beaches they once scurried across  when they were born, every two to four years. After laying about 50-200 eggs, they return to the water, and the process is repeated.

To help increase the likelihood of survival for the Amazon river turtle and Tracaja turtle , the group O Projeto Quelonios da Amazonia (translated as Brazil’s Turtles of the Amazon Project) aided in the release of this horde of baby turtles. The group also recently participated in another release of 180,000 Arraus river turtles into the Amazon River. So far, the group has participated in the release of over 300,000 turtle hatchlings!

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Check out this incredible release, and watch the thousands of little turtles scurry – guided completely by instinct – into their aquatic home with the high hopes of (one day) returning to this same beach to lay eggs of their own.