Last Arribada

Last Arribada
Timed to coincide with phases of the moon, tens of thousands of female Olive Ridley turtles will simultaneously make the slow climb up the sand during nesting events called arribadas. Although each nest may contain up to one hundred eggs, only about one in a thousand will make it to maturity. During the final days the sick and the elderly are latecomers. After decades of making this annual pilgrimage, this grandmother struggled to climb the beach and make back down to the ocean, in what will likely be her last.

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