Circle of Life, pt. 1

Fredrik Eriksson ’16 wrote about our experience with egg laying sea turtles at Santa Rosa! More to follow in the coming days.

Adventure Ramblings

It gets dark quickly at the equator. Sunset lasts only 15 minutes, but the red glow of the beach continued through the night as our group ventured across the sand with reading lights lit on our headlamps.

After just a few minutes, we found what we were searching for: an Olive ridley sea turtle slowly emerging from the swell and making its way up the beach. Here we met Erik, who works with the sea turtle conservancy Widecast. The turtles get confused by white light, which is why we use red (one hypothesis holds that they navigate with the help of stars).

Sea turtle spotted! Photo by Leehi Yona. Sea turtle spotted! Photo by Leehi Yona.

Raided nest. Raccoons were probably the culprits. Photo by Leehi Yona. Raided nest. Raccoons were probably the culprits. Photo by Leehi Yona.

Although surprisingly agile in water, sea turtles aren’t exactly what you’d call well-adapted for life on land. This mother struggled across the sand, leaving a deep track in the sand. Maybe 10 meters…

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