Each Beachwalk is unique...
Words can not express how happy I am to once again be able to walk this beach in search of turtle tracks. While I can't go very far...yet...I'm taking full advantage of this distraction. It's like my whole world is reopening after a long, and painful dormant period. In this post, I've combined three beach walks because they are short, and subject related. Turtles!
August 15, 2020 Beach Walk ~ Evening
|See where the mamma has thrown the sand around?|
|I always carry my marking tape!|
|So happy to be useful for a good cause!|
My foot is on the mend, and I'm trying to get out on the beach as often as I can. Maybe I'm pushing it a little. It is very painful to walk on it, and I feel SO VERY TIRED. I am shocked that my stamina is so low, that creeping along the beach on a crutch brings my heart rate up to aerobic levels! I'm moving so slowly, that the Fitbit doesn't even recognize it was walking!!!
But when we stumbled across these fresh turtle tracks... that might be partly responsible for the increase in my heart rate! Suddenly, my foot is forgotten as I scramble (well, shuffle) over to the palm line to find the nest!
I'm SO happy to be a part of this again, and I begin marking the nests found, and sending the coordinates to my Turtle Master in Maunabo.
|The sun sets behind the palms these days, making the beach shaded and cool for an evening walk.|
August 17, 2020 Beach Walk ~ Morning
Morning walks are the best! Especially for spotting turtle nests. The turtles come ashore to lay their eggs some time in the night, so the tracks are much more obvious when they're fresh! After a day of rest, we got back out there again, hoping we hadn't missed any!
|Each set of tracks has an exit from the water and a reentry. Where they meet is the nest!|
|The nest has broken roots and sticks, and sand thrown onto surrounding leaves.|
|This nest was further up onto the beach than most!|
|They are often found beneath the sea grape canopy!|
|You can see that they've cut down the palm leaves to make it obvious they've been here...|