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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Demi - a turtle that goes her own way

On the 25th September Demi nested outside the Paradise Beach construction site (witnessed by Peter, Linda and Stephen). Demi is a very special turtle and clearly likes to do things a little differently. Back in July she was abandoned by tour guide who makes his money out of turtle tours - she was about to be killed by hunters. Luckily our team were also on the beach and she was saved. Not easily put off she nested once more in August and again in September in almost the same spot. Her final nest, exactly 15 days later was one that made us all scratch our heads - she dug two egg chambers, one with each flipper and then deposited her eggs in the middle so some rolled down into each nest!
Not exactly ideal, so Stephen helped her out and built a third chamber so the eggs could incubate together!

(Thanks for the photos, Linda)

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