Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Or uhh-- thankfully not so mutant, not so ninja turtles.

Turtles Power on the Beach

Went to Sandspit beach this weekend and was lucky enough to be there for turtle egg laying season. We saw TWO turtles coming up from the ocean (those cuties are NOT as slow as you would think for a turtle and are really big) and we say them dig their hole and start laying the eggs.The local peeps who protect the turtles told us to keep away from the turtles until they start laying their eggs (otherwise they get afraid and run away aborting the turtle babies for the year).  Once they started laying their eggs we got closer to take a look. It was amazing - right under their back legs is a surprisingly deep hole which had over two dozen eggs.Apparently each turtle will lay between 100 - 120 eggs. Once the turtles lay the eggs and go back to the sea the local peeps dig them up and move them to fenced off location where they are safe from predators like dogs and of course humans. We either saw the Green Sea Turtle or the Olive Ridley Turtle. My bet is that it was the Green Sea Turtle which as supposed to be big 'cause these guys sure were. (I also kept referring to said turtles as guys, even though they are clearly the opposite.)We also got to see some of the baby turtles that had already hatches (they were probably a couple of weeks old) and released them into the ocean. Pretty cool!

[caption id="attachment_174" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="More Turtles on the Beach - Photo Credit Danish Ghazi"]More Turtles on the Beach - Photo Credit Danish Ghazi[/caption][caption id="attachment_180" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Turtles laying eggs - Photo Credit goes to Sami"]Turtles laying eggs - Photo Credit goes to Sami[/caption]