When you think about how vast the ocean is and how incredibly tiny these guys are, it truly boggles the mind. If the were like humans and knew the odds, they would probably stay on dry land and say "NO WAY!" As a result the species would have died out a long time ago. . . . . But being turtles (Loggerheads to be precise) they don't know the odds, are therefore blissful in their ignorance and so their species continues.
This little guy, who earned the nickname Wrong Way Joe, washed back in 15 times! He gamely kept trying to get out to sea, only to be washed back yet again. Finally the conservation people in charge had pity on him and let me carry him farther out into the surf where he promptly started swimming to shore. Silly turtle! It took me another two tries, but he finally went his way out to sea.
Lesson to be learned: Sometimes it's better to forget the odds and just dive right in, just make sure you are headed the right way!
Be fearless and you will go far!