Egg laying season is from May to August and in that time over 500 turtles drag themselves up the beach during the night.
|The female sea turtle crawls up the sand to find a nesting place.|
|She then spends hours digging a hole with her flippers.|
|Once the hole is deep enough she starts laying eggs.|
|She lays between 80 to 100 eggs over several hours.|
|After laying the eggs she covers them completely and returns to the sea.|
If you wish to see the turtles lay eggs, the Yakushima Umigame Center in Nagata runs evening viewings between mid-May and the end of July. More information about this is in the guidebook.
For more information about the turtles and Yakushima in general, check out Yakumonkey Guide to Yakushima