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we stopped at a sea turtle hatchery since it was on our way down to Hikkaduwa. i was utterly convinced that the whole enterprise would be a bullshit tourist trap, but figured it would be worth enduring on the off chance that we might possibly see a real live baby turtle. not only did we get to see, touch and learn quite a deal about three different species of turtles at nearly every stage of their lifecycle, but my expectations were completely exceeded when we got to take some babies to the beach at sunset and release them into the ocean. i don't normally get too squealy over widdle baby animals, but these little guys were *insanely* cute. i hope they didn't get snatched up by a seagull or trapped in a plastic 6-pack ring or anything.

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Taken on February 21, 2008