Turtle on the way to the sea

Since the cyclone we have been getting lots of turtle visitors to the islands. On Nejovo we have identified at least four nesting spots, a couple of these right in front of our front door. This means there is less chance of the eggs being stolen and hopefully the first hatching of turtles on the island in ages.

The last weekend we were on Nejovo we were privelage (I say this because it is a rare thing indeed) to see a turtle on the beach laying her eggs. It was unusual because she was still there after the sun had come up and only left about an hour after sunrise. Deciding to leave her to her task we had ourselves some coffee and biscuits before seeing her off down the beach. She looked so exhausted she had to stop and rest every few metres. But once she was in the water, less than a second and she was gone.

I am hoping the eggs survive and feel nervous that I am not there to watch over the nest. It would really be a significant step for us to start learning more about these wonderful animals and to be able to play some sort of role in helping their species survive a bit longer.

In a couple of months time when the first lot of eggs should begin to hatch I hope to be there waiting, watching and recording in my book of life’s best experiences.