A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right? But who said things were easy for a female green turtle trying to lay her eggs? A lot of zigzagging was involved in this one’s search for a suitable nesting site, with all those annoying boulders in the way. This track was spotted during our early morning patrol, keeping up the suspense because, as she did not lay, we KNOW she will have to come back soon. Because (oh here we go again!) A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!
Who said life was boring for an environment officer? A west beach patrol rest, with our neighbour Silhouette Island majestically in the background.
An early morning, WAY TO MUCH SAND, and an assumption that somewhere about 70 cm below the surface there has to be a green turtle clutch of about 150 to maybe even 200 eggs laid too close of the lights at our Sunset Bar and therefore in need of a translocation to a darker spot where the hatchlings will not get disoriented by the lights in their nocturnal march to the sea, where their instinct dictate them to follow the moon and star lights reflecting on the waves. Put all this together, throw in a motivated environmental assistant and two excited marine students on their first turtle assignment, and that’s what you get!
When turtles rule and the make a statement about who’s place this really is…
All right, well this one was a winner! A clear track leading to a massive dig with a pile of kicked up soil – that’s our sign to get the marking sticks to indicate a new nest!