Several eggs opened up and baby loggerhead turtles headed to the sea in southwestern Italy Monday.
People gathered on the beach to see the tiny hatchlings.
According to marine biologists, the nesting turtles in central Mediterranean Sea is a further proof of the impact of climate change and of increasing sea temperatures.
Once hunted for their meat, eggs, and fat, the loggerhead turtle's main enemy today is fishing boats and their nets.
It's ability to travel long distances means the ancient sea turtle has a wide distribution from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Mediterranean, and the Indian Ocean.