Tennessee Aquarium announces turtle babies

watch them hatch

(Photos by Doug Strickland)

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Tennessee Aquarium is proud to announce two more members of the endangered Four-eyed turtle population.

The babies hatched this month at the Turtle Nursery at the Aquarium.

The species is facing steep decline because of both forest and wetland loss in their native Asia.

The pair hatched earlier this month.

They are now in the Turtle Nursery that is open to visitors.

The hatching process is quite the ordeal.

The babies have a temporary spur on their beak they used to crack their way out.

The process can take hours.

“This process is physically exhausting,” Hughes says. “The turtle has to take frequent breaks to build its energy back up.”

(watch a time-lapse of the hatching process)



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