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Saturday, December 5, 2009

The last nest in the hatchery

We were all holding our breath waiting for the last nest in the hatchery. All the nests hatched faster this year (hotter temperatures probably) but Nest 149 was taking longer than most. We hoped it would start on the night of the 3rd, Joe's last night, but nothing doing, only a few heads seen 20cm down. Nothing all day on the 4th either, but then when Stephen and Lauren went to the hatchery at 4pm, there were little heads poking out of the sand. More than two hours of sitting and staring at them (watched kettle and all that...) did not convince the little turtles to leave their nice warm home. As I write this, I am assuming that they made an appearance some time in the night and today will be the final hatchery excavation.

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