Birth Is Proof That Life Should Go On
Punta Banco Travel Blog› entry 6 of 18 › view all entries
Living in the paradise that is Punta Banco, it is fitting that I was fortunate enough to witness the so called miracle of birth almost every day.
I say the "so called miracle of birth" as since I have been here I have witnessed it so much. Besides, when you see a child born, it is amazing as it is generally only one child being born not 160!!
It is such a joy to walk up to the hatchery and see one of the baby turtles breaking soil and seeing light for the first time. I almost feel priviledged to be able to witness moments like this. Generally we wait for them to come fully up out of the sand and then we carry off in the bucket to the same spot where that batch of eggs was originally laid.
Still nobody knows what makes turtles come back to the same beach that they were laid on, perhaps they memorise shapes of landmarks or something to do with the currents.
I wonder if any of them will come back and try looking for my adventurous light bulb....
One thing that never gets old, is betting on which baby turtle will not only reach the water first but to begin swimming first. The last part is important as the waves tend to hit them a few times before it picks them up. The waves crash in with some force, its amazing that such small animals are not hurt by this.
Today I picked Gary. Gary had all the ingredients to make him a winner. He had the winning recipe. While it is true that Gary did eventually lose this race, he did fight it out until the end. I lost my bet, I won't say what I lost but hey, it was pretty fun and made the whole experience that bit more fun for me. I like to think that Gary enjoyed himself too.