Saturday, 19 July 2008

Turtles (click for link)

We toured to Levera Beach at the north end of the island twice, trying to see a nesting leatherback turtle. The second time we were rewarded with a 5 1/2 foot turtle crawling up the beach to select a nest site. Once the turtle started digging she seemed unconcerned with the humans standing around watching and the researchers let us approach very close. Unfortunatly this mom-to-be chose an area that was a bit wet and the nest kept caving in on her as she was digging. After trying 4 times and being out of the ocean for about 90 min she gave up and headed back into the surf, to try again another night. We then collected ourselves and headed back to the marina. The kids, were so excited about seeing the turtle, none slept on the way back. It was 3am before everyone was in bed.

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