We may walk this beach a thousand times...
But no two will be the same!
Late afternoon beach walks are more manageable than morning walks. There's a finite amount of time allowed so they don't end up growing into a three hour hike that consumes the day! Not that having one's day consumed by a beach walk is a BAD thing... but sometimes there are other things that must be done in a day...
The luxury of living ON. THE. BEACH. is that when the day is almost done and the mood strikes us, we just drop everything and head on out to see what our beach holds for us today. And on this particular day, it was something wonderful!
|Was it... bird tracks??? Noooo....|
|Was it a strange green bubbly bit from the sea???|
|Pretty cool, but Nooooo....|
|Was it the way the rocks sound when the waves recede making them clack joyfully??? Nooooo....|
|OMG are those TURTLE EGGS?????|
Seriously, yes! They're Turtle Eggs! A while back we met the woman whose family owns the palm farm along our beach. She mentioned that there would be turtles nesting come May. Well, it's only April and there are already turtle's nesting!!!
Of course we knew right away what happened. The mamma turtle made her nest on the high bank but the waves have eroded the beach so much that her eggs have been exposed.
We don't know much about turtle eggs, but we did know that they can't be exposed. Bruce caved in a bit more sand from the bank and covered the eggs snugly... It isn't much, but it's the best we can do. I have been searching online for a group to join or information about how to report findings, but have really had no luck so far.
I would love to be trained and do volunteer patrols during nesting season! I've been in contact with several local groups but so far, no help! I later learned that once the salt water contaminates the eggs, they are no longer viable. We suspected this, but our hope was that if the eggs further back in the nest could be protected, perhaps they would continue to incubate and one day we will have turtle babies! It's kind of like finding a baby bird that has fallen from the nest... you're overjoyed, then burdened by the weight of knowing that the bird will most likely not be welcomed back into the nest.
But, It is totally exciting and wonderful to know that turtles will be nesting on our beach! OUR. BEACH!
|Time to head back home...|
|It says "Feliz Navidad"! Totally random!|