Hatchling Olive Ridley sea turtle makes its way out to sea near Dominical, Costa Rica. Photo by Rhett A. Butler, 2008.
This Olive Ridley sea turtle was one of several dozen braving attacking birds and other obstacles as they left the beach at Hacienda Baru. Male turtles will never again come ashore. Females will only return to nest (on the same beach) once they reach maturity, years and thousands of miles of swimming later.