The race appears to be on for yet another year here on Isla. The race to get those eggs laid.
Turtles starting coming ashore this week to dig their nests and lay their eggs.
We can stand by the roadside and watch them but are not allowed onto the beach or to disturb them in anyway during the process. I am very glad that the island is so forward thinking in the handling of the endangeared sea turtle.
Since all of this egg laying takes place after dark, it is almost impossible to get a good picture of the activity. The best I can do is to show you the aftermath on the beach across from my house the morning after.
This was a nest of eggs. Workers from our turtle farm lie in the sand and take out the eggs as fast as mama can put them in. They are then taken to the safety of the turtle farm and buried. When they hatch later this year, there will be a big party and the local school children will release the babies back into the sea. Nice.
Turtle tracks as they plow along the sand, either looking for a place to dig a nest or returning to sea, their jobs completed for another year.