Thursday, November 5, 2009

Digging deep

Sea turtle nest-fate surveys, or "excavations" drew a blank on Saturday, but no one can say the team didn’t try. Despite determined effort from Tucker, Russell and Tom (see photo below), who between them dug half way to Sri Lanka, the only thing the team recovered was the nest ID tag. Night patrols on the beach this week have yielded few results too, as the season inevitably tails off.

However, patrol leader Sarah finally got to work a green turtle this week, thus completing the set (leatherback, hawksbill and green). Having had months of bad luck with green turtle opportunities, she returned to base in the early hours with a big smile.

Night walks will continue a little longer yet, with the final date determined by the number of records on successive days.