Some locals tell me that eating turtle eggs have aphrodisiac properties, while others tell me selling off one batch of eggs is equivalent to 2 to 4 days of pay for hard work. Sea turtle eggs sell for $0.20 or 2,000 rupiahs each on the rampant black market in Indonesia. A clutch can be anywhere between 50 and 200 eggs, depending on the turtle and species, which racks in a mere $10-$40 if sold.
It’s a sad state of affairs. But finding hatchings who evaded poachers during their initial stages in life is welcoming.