Turtle Babysitting - Night 2 (Friday)
Saturday, September 05, 2009
We arrived about 6:30, with chairs, and went to the far end of the roped off nest area - I told the people at the other end (all of 12-15 feet away) that I wasn't being unsocial, I just thought this would increase our chances of seeing the turtles if we spread out. DH went for a swim, I was so cold I was in overalls, sweater, AND rain jacket.
So basically it was a quiet night. Lots of people came through to see what's going on, we chatted, the Coral World people gave more scientific info. A group of teens from the Montessori school came and sat for a while, their community service project.
I had a box of chocolate truffles that a friend had given me, so we shared that with everyone as we sat and waited - I suggested we put a truffle at the edge of the nest area to draw the turtles out, but no one wanted to waste the chocolates.
So - it didn't rain, it was just moist and cool. By the end of the evening (10-ish) there were only four of us - I asked one of the Coral World science people if the nest seemed close to the high water mark, and he said yeah, it was a concern. We got onto the subject of how deep we'd need to go to hit seawater, so I lay down on the sand and dug a hole until I hit water - I had to dig until I was up to my shoulder before I hit water, but that's probably just under 3 ft, and leatherbacks tend to dig nests about 3 ft deep, so this nest may have a problem.
Anyhow, that was it for night 2.