Darwin's Return: Flour Beach, Floreana

Green turtles must find deserted sandy beaches to lay their eggs. Trouble is, virtually all the open sandy beaches are colonized by sea lions. But not this one. Why? Because sharks have long used this bay for sleeping – marking it permanently off limits to sea lions. But not to turtles, who have migrated here for generations, mating in the shallow water and crawling ashore to lay their eggs at night.

The beach gets its name from the flour-like consistency of the sand. In addition to the turtle hatchlings, large numbers of young sting rays spend their childhood in the surf along this beach, before heading out to sea.

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