Rare video of mother turtle laying eggs at East Coast Park

A mother Hawksbill turtle was seen laying eggs yesterday (Aug 23), just one week after 32 turtle hatchlings made their way to the sea with the help of National Parks Board (NParks) staff and members of the public.

The rare sight was caught on video and posted on NParks' Facebook page.

The staff monitored the process to ensure that the conditions were favourable for the turtle while she laid her eggs.

According to the NParks website, Hawksbill turtles mate every two to three years and the female turtle will choose a sandy beach to lay her eggs.

This is usually done at night where it can lay up to 200 eggs at a time.

The eggs will then hatch after two months before the hatchlings instinctively head towards the open sea.

Hawksbill turtles are a critically endangered species and members of the public are advised to keep their distance from the nesting turtles and their eggs.

They should keep their voices down and stay out of sight and not shine lights or use flash photography near the turtles.

This may scare them causing them to leave without laying eggs.

Watch the video below.