Bang on cue, as World Turtle Day dawned (an annual observance to remind us to celebrate turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats) and the sun rose over a still sea and retreating tide, a turtle came onto our beach to lay her eggs. Her flippers left traction marks in the sand, like a tyre's tread. She patiently, laboriously, dug a hole above the high tide line. Later, eggs safely laid and carefully covered up, she found herself - as the sun rose high and the tide fell further - too far from the high water line to make it out safely. Our local fishermen, a number have received training on turtle conservation, fashioned a teepee for her as shade as she reclined in a rock pool until the sun sank and the tide rose and she could swim back out to sea.
Her eggs will hatch in the next 60 - 90 days ... we'll keep you posted here.