Day of Discovery
- 23 June 2015 | By Turtle Bay Beach Club
So I’m on a mission. My eyes were closed but one ear was open and I’ve discovered Hank is going to be released. This sounds fun so quick plans find me at the place of custody. But this place is different. While the inmates are in custody, the wardens are definitely custodians. Custodians of turtles as this is the home of Local Ocean Trust and today Hank, a small green turtle is going to be released.
Yes it’s tough being a turtle. It’s estimated that of a thousand eggs hatched maybe one will get to see life as an adult. So the team where I am is at the forefront of trying to make sure we can carry on seeing these beautiful creatures. It’s a fight on many fronts. Fixing sick and hurt turtles is just one side of the coin with its joy of release and sadness when despite all the effort a species becomes just that little bit more endangered. Getting involved in the front line, ensuring an entangled turtle is saved for release rather than the pot, helping clean up the mountain of plastic that sails the ocean and is ejected on our beaches, just helping people understand that they really should care, can care, that turtles do matter. Yes it’s tough being dedicated to turtles as well.
My mission has moved. I got more than I expected today, learned a bit more, care a bit more. Seeing that flash of beauty as he disappeared I do need to think about diving. It’s good around Watamu and to really see a turtle properly you have to go to their home. And there’s the chance of whale shark or manta ray. Now that would be impressive. But I also have a mission to see the first steps of a turtle.
The breaking free of the sand, the dash to the relative safety of the sea, and maybe, just maybe to see that one in a thousand that will come back in a few decades to start the cycle again.
Story by Peter Derry staying at Turtle Bay Beach Club