I started this as an exercise in a blended background but I really liked the end result. I was trying to capture the smallness of the hatchling in a vast, unknown and very dangerous world. Hence the title: “Alone But Not Alone”. It is estimated that only 1% of hatchlings reach sexual maturity which may take twenty to fifty years. By that time the turtle may have reached 1 meter in length and weigh around 300kg.