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Amazing pictures show massive sea turtle orgy

Turtles might be getting more action than you this week, with thousands of them migrating to the Great Barrier Reef for mating season. Dubbed a “sex marathon” and a “turtle orgy” by experts, this is the time of year where sea turtles mate with multiple partners.The reproduction rampage over the next few weeks is so…

Turtles might be getting more action than you this week, with thousands of them migrating to the Great Barrier Reef for mating season.

Dubbed a “sex marathon” and a “turtle orgy” by experts, this is the time of year where sea turtles mate with multiple partners.

The reproduction rampage over the next few weeks is so intense that females won’t return for several years.

Tracy Olive, a photographer for The Lady Musgrave Experience, has captured the vibrant scenes — which are amazing and disturbing in equal measure.

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After the mating season is over in a few weeks’ time, the female turtles will head back to the beaches where they were born. There, they will lay their eggs. When those eggs hatch and mature, those turtles will join in the mating ritual and then return to their place of birth for the cycle to begin all over again.

It’s far from romantic.

To have sex, the male turtle must attach himself to the shell of the female using a hook on his flipper.

“Observers of sea turtle mating have reported very aggressive behaviour by both the males and females” the Sea Turtle Conservancy wrote.

Marine biologist Jacinta Shackleton described how the males fight each other, often ripping each other off the shells of female turtles.

“We quite often see a stack of turtles on top of each other and the males will constantly try and rip each other off for their chance to mate,” she told the ABC.

A number of different sea turtles — loggerhead, leatherback and green turtle species — have travelled thousands of kilometres to end up in the southern waters of the Great Barrier Reef near Bundaberg, to take part in the essential sex ritual.

By having sexual intercourse with multiple turtles, it’s believed that this “may help keep genetic diversity high in the population” according to the Sea Turtle Conservancy.

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