as the nesting season is about to close, there is not a single green turtle that made it. i don't know why, and can only speculate.
blame it on the weather, on the fisherman, polution, you name it. but at the end of the day a fact is a fact, and the fact is, they not here right now.
there has been 14 recorded hawksbill nest, with record hatching of over 150 hatchling
during this week turtles were sighted everyday on all our dives. we were waiting during the high tide to see if they would lay eggs, but didn't. instead, this morning one of our biggest nest count of hatchlings ever cheered an crowd of kids. we implemented a system of lines to allow the turtles to have clear access without disturbance.
a sign of hope in a world loaded with bad news about the ocean.
3 weeks before schedule, we were surprised to see in full daylight the hatching of baby turtle. no monitor lizard around, but a full house of kids. more than half of the eggs never made it. we recovered them just in case.
temperature were high this month, and tomorow is the brightest moon of the year. possible explanation for the premature birth?
The low number is due to the disturbance by a monitor lizard during the laying of the eggs. Many of the eggs didn't hatch.
The turtles hatched during a low tide, and during the day. unusual as they tend to choose the night and higher tides.
Still guest were delighted by the experience and a few more turtles out there in the ocean.
there is the facts that few turtles survive to become adults, but there are fewer predators nowadays, so the chance of survival is probably increasing. The same day on a dive, i spotted a big adult hawksbill resting in front of the reef by the nesting site.
One of the nests can be found next to Yogi's bar and the other one on the beach behind the pool. Luckily the nests were discovered just in time before the monitor lizard had a chance to dig into them. Pedro, witnessed the laying of the eggs next to Yogi's bar.
This season, the turtle are nesting as high on the beach as possible as the sand has shifted more than usual. Most of the guests came to witness the covering of the eggs, but the turtles remained undisturbed during the process.
The hatch date is scheduled around the 27th of May 2012.
During the last few days, two turtles have been coming to the island but they haven't been laying any eggs. This season the sand has shifted more drastically than usual. The turtles are probably checking the different spots where they could lay their eggs (shade, temperature and so on...)
In Tajung Pinang the traditional market is floodiing with turtle eggs: 4000 rupia for a single egg.
"People believe it is the local viagra" Jordan tells me and the eggs fetch better prices than the turtle themselves which are sold at around 5 or 6 US dollar each. Although the medias are increasingly covering turtle facts and are trying to ban the selling and collecting of the eggs, the reality is that for the locals who have low income and are able to sell at such prices, the lure of some good money is hard to pass.
At least on the island we do not have to worry about poachers. And as Yogi said, we can do our small part here, otherwise we would become depressed.
One small step at a time, regardless of the enormity of the environmental challenges the world is facing...
Last night our huge Monitor Lizard digged around our first nest to feast on the eggs. Unfourtunately, only two eggs remain.
The reptilian battle of the season has began! We are planning to increase the depth of our protection.
This is nature, and since we have taken the turtle's side, we need now to work faster than the lizard.
On the 29th of January 2012 our first turtle has come to nest. It is the Hawksbill turtle who has started off the season!
There were no witnesses as the nest was discovered early in the morning by following the turtle's track. Pedro checked if the nest contained eggs and set up the protection against the predators, mainly the monitor lizards.
The hatch date is around 29th of March 2012.
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