Prince Harry released baby turtles into the sea in Nevis Credit: Tim Rooke/Rex / Shutterstock
Prince Harry released the turtles on Lovers Beach Credit: Tim Rooke /Rex / Shutterstock
After carefully handling and examining the first turtle, he gently placed him at the waters edge.
He was excited when he was given some more and exclaimed: “A whole team!”
As they used their flippers to flap their way down the short, steep beach to the surf, he gestured with his hands, willing them on by saying “Go, go, go!” and “That way!”
He said: “Look at the energy they have as well. He's waiting for the water to come to him – that's really clever.”
He held his sunglasses in his mouth as he handled the small animals.
Prince Harry met the founder and president of the Nevis Turtle Group, Lemuel Pemberton Credit: Chris Jackson /Getty
The Prince said he had never seen baby turtles before, only adults. He looked impressed when he was told the babies would eventually weigh up to 900lbs.
Afterwards he took off his gloves and, when told to keep them, joked: “It's not like they're a souvenir!”
When it was pointed out he could use them for digging in sand again, he said: “Yes, that's what I do in my spare time!”
Prince Harry was told he could keep the gloves used to handle the baby turtles Credit: Rex Features
He encouraged everyone to continue their hard work.
Volunteer Thema Ward, 35, said: “Harry was excellent. He got right down there digging with us and we weren't expecting that.”
“He is so down to earth – like his mum was. She just blended right like a real person when she was here and Harry did the same.”