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A Turtle Avalanche in Brazil: Tens of Thousands of Giant River Turtle Hatchlings

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Call it a turtle avalanche! The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has released an amazing video showing tens of thousands of Giant South American River turtle hatchlings (Podocnemis expansa) emerging from a sandy beach in a protected area along the Purus River -- a tributary of the Amazon River in Brazil.

WCS Brazil conservationists say the emergence occurred over several days.

Approximately 71,000 hatchlings emerged on one day alone, followed by another 21,000 a few days later.

The mass emergence took place in the Reserva Biologica do Abufari (Abufari Biological Reserve), where WCS Brazil conservationists have . . .

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