WATCH: Rare Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Hatchlings!

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When Kemp’s ridley sea turtles hatch in their coastline nest, their initial instinct is to head straight for the sea. Millennia of evolution give them an uncanny draw to the ocean, wherein they will learn the ways of the sea turtle as they transnavigate the Gulf of Mexico.

Watch the video to experience the first moments of the life of this beautiful but endangered creature.

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.