Turtle Babysitting - Night 3 (Saturday)
Monday, September 07, 2009
It rained. I mean, it really rained. DH and I sat on our beach chairs, with the Coral World staff, and we all ate our dinner hunched over in the pouring rain. We huddled in rain jackets, wind jackets, ponchoes, under umbrellas - and DH and I, despite our foul weather gear, were soaked to the skin. Literally. I had my overalls (soaked from the waist down), a T shirt under a sweater (soaked to the biceps), undies (soaked), and a rain jacket that comes mid-hip. The only dry parts of me by the end of the night were my shoulders, upper back, chest.
I got so cold just sitting, I'd get up and move the piles of sea grass that had washed up with the tide. I figured it was better than sitting, to get up and work. Warm up, burn calories, and make an easy access for the hatchlings, just in case they braved the weather. They didn't.
No turtles. What turtle wants to hatch on a night like that?????
So not only did I get soaking wet, I also managed to get somewhat covered in sand and sea grass.
The cool part was there were little bits of phosphorescence in the sea grass - the staff people called in bioluminescence, and said they were plankton, shrimp, bits of all sorts of stuff. Very cool - I'd grab handfuls of sea grass and there'd be little tiny lights turning on and glowing as I carried the piles and dumped them in huge piles at each end of my clearing.
No one else got up and joined me.
However, everyone enjoyed the chocolate cake I brought, and we polished off half of it. Hope DH and I don't eat the rest ourselves. Ah well, at least it's low fat and zero cholesterol. And chocolate.
Did I mention that the outhouses were locked? A great night all around.