Friday, April 23, 2010

Turtle Patrol!!!

Sea turtle patrol time has finally arrived! We had our meeting last night at Naval Live Oaks and schedules are being finalized. Patrols start on May 1!

For those of you who are new to my blog, we begin our beach patrol before sunrise scouting for tracks like those above which I photographed last year. If we are lucky, we find a nest.

Can you imagine the energy expended by a 250 lb. sea turtle, suddenly weighed down by gravity as she comes ashore, pulling her body forward inches at a time by her flippers, digging a nest, disguising it by throwing sand over it with her flippers...then crawling back to the sea!

Sometimes it turns out to be a false crawl, sometimes we do find a nest, and sometimes the poor mama turtles pulls herself halfway across the island before finding the perfect spot to lay her eggs.

My patrols are a magical experience indeed and I can't wait to share them with all my blog followers again this year!


Erik said...

Love your post almost as much as I love Akumal!

Pat Harris said...

Looking forward to the Watch. it's always exciting watching a nest hatch. We appreciate you sharing your experiences. thank you.