When the next breeding season rolls around, the male sea turtles return to the nesting site and begin the love game with new females; females from the previous season, on the other hand, don't come back for another few years, likely due to the energy required to produce those hundreds of eggs. Mating done, the female will climb on to the beach, lay her first clutch of eggs , bury them under sand and then return to the water; about two weeks later, she'll return to the beach to lay her second clutch. By remaining attached to the female, the male can prevent other males from mating with her. But this isn't necessarily true for all populations. After the pair separates, they go on to mate with other sea turtles. Males generally arrive much earlier than females, because sea turtle mating runs on a first-come-first-serve basis. But his competition doesn't take this injustice lightly — they bite his tail and flippers hard enough to draw blood and tear flesh repeatedly to try to get him to let go.
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Animal Sex: How Sea Turtles Do It
For each sea turtle population, the mating season typically occurs when the photoperiod day length and local temperature begin to increase. By remaining attached to the female, the male can prevent other males from mating with her. The female stops mating once she has enough sperm to fertilize all of her clutches for the season.