100 hatchlings, 5 turtles, 2 rays and a swamp eel!
Trip Start Oct 18, 2012
4Trip End Nov 18, 2012
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The first two weeks I was here we had rain every day, mainly at night, but this last week the dry season seems to have kicked in and it's been really scorching. The temperature doesn't seem to fluctuate more than between 29 - 31 degrees, but the humidity ranges from about 75% to 95%, and boy has it been humid! I think I've lost my body weight in sweat every day (and that's highly attractive I can tell you!). I've suffered from overheating a bit this week and had to take to my bed a couple of times (I know, what a wimp!)
Thank you for all your lovely comments, I really enjoy reading them. It's good to have some sort of connection with civilisation!
We've had 3 exams this week (I don't remember signing up for that!), which were on Mangroves, Coco de Mers and Turtles. I'm happy to say I passed them all (what a girly swot). I also tried my hand at making bread rolls and more flapjacks - all the bread we have is made by hand and we all have to chip in. The bread didn't turn out particularly well, but I have now been officially named as the flapjack queen! (Yes I'll make you all some when I get back!).
Our days start at 7.00am when we have duties. This includes either kitchen duties (ie making breakfast & cleaning the kitchen) or grounds duties (raking the sand to stop sand flies breeding, sweeping, emptying the poo bags etc!). The two huts alternate the duties each day. Then we start whatever activity we have been allocated at 7.30am.
This week started off very busy. On Monday I did a long wurtle (for those who don't remember/weren't paying attention, a wurtle is a turtle walk, and a snurtle is a turtle snorkel!)
Wednesday brought another snorkel, then a long wurtle where I spotted another emerging turtle on my patrol (I've been told I'm a lucky charm where turtle spotting is concerned!). Then on our way back to base we were on another beach and another turtle came up the beach just near us! Later that day was the turtle exam - the last of the exams, thank goodness! Thursday was one of the lad's 20th birthday (I feel so old!!!). We had a resident rat in our hut last night which I thought I would freak out about, but I was strangely OK with it, except when I heard it rustling around near my bed
We were shown a documentary fisheries film about the illegal fishing and how it's affecting the fish populations around the world, which was a bit of an eye opener
I can't believe I've been here for 3 weeks now! Next week will apparently be quite an easy one, as we only do a couple of days work, then we're taken on a fun snorkel somewhere, then Thursday will be camp clean, then we get the rest of the week to ourselves to take final photos, explore more of the island, pack our bags etc. Although it will be sad to leave, I'm looking forward to the luxuries of home, and just to finally feel clean would be nice! :-)
This may be the last of my blogs as next Saturday we're taken back to Mahe early in the morning, so I don't know if I'll be able to connect to the internet before I get on the flight.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
PS the photo of the 4 of us girls jumping in the air is on Anse Lazio, which I found out is the beach where both of the fatal shark attacks happened last year! Don't worry mum, I'm still alive.....