Loggerhead turtles

Loggerhead turtles

Visit Yakushima Island to see loggerhead turtle lay their eggs. Later in the summer watch the babies scramble into the sea.

The rainforest island of Yakushima off Kyushu's southern coast is home to the largest spawning grounds for loggerhead turtles in the North Pacific. From May to July over 500 turtles come ashore at Inakahama Beach to lay their eggs. Later in the summer you can see the newly hatched infants scramble their way into the ocean. Loggerheads born on Yakushima grow up to one metre in length and migrate around the Pacific Ocean before returning to the island to leave their offspring.

Yakushima is home to a turtle museum and research centre which is open each evening during the summer so visitors can see the turtles on the beach.

When to go: The turtles lay eggs on the island from May to July, and the hatchlings make their way to the sea from July to September.

Loggerhead turtles

located in Yakushima

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