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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

East coast vs west coast

Just because we got used to all the activity happening around what we call Black Sand Beach (far end of Algodoeiro) the turtles switched over to the east side. The last few nights have seen much more activity on Costa Fragata which gave us the opportunity to think about moving a couple of nests further up the beach rather than to the hatchery. We had to move them because of their proximity to places where people regularly drive quads. CF is better for leaving the nests in situ than the west coast because of the width of the beach and the small lumps and bumps that make it easier to tuck the eggs away safely. The relative lack of light is also a big help. We had a competition to see who could make the best, most authentic, nest - we always try to replicate exactly what the turtle did in terms of width and depth. The nest we moved was the biggest yet - 136 eggs - a monster effort.

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