You’ll just have to take my word for it; this morning I step right on a sea turtles nest. My first clue was a very warm sensation right underneath my barefoot feet. Immediately I moved on while pushing my mountain bike across the beautiful yellowish sandy beach. Since we both tend to now easily rise with the morning sun, right after coffee I first jump on the paddleboard and make my rounds of the less and less remaining Baja haha sailboats. My partner, this morning not so. Once she gets in gear, another bike ride to town to the French Bakery for coffee and breakfast.
Following the paddleboard session I move on to the voyage of exploration on my mountain bike; which is how I ended up on a faraway beach.
(Everything comes to a grinding halt when I try to insert pictures so you will just have to wait until more baja haha boats depart and I have the wifi all to myself.)
Sea turtles seem to be abundant this year; we guesstimated we saw over 100 on the trip from Turtle Bay to Magdalena bay. Earlier today I even saw one in the marina. Glad to know they are still around after about over 100 million yeas of evolution. The sea turtle’s shell is made for swimming in the sea and their shell color varied between a yellow to darkish green color.
Here is what I learned so far: Most of their lives is in the sea. Like salmon they return to the same nesting grounds which they were born. When females come to the shore they dig out a nest in the ground with their back flippers, bury their clutch of eggs and return to the ocean without so much as a hasta luego! After hatching, the young may take as long as a week to dig themselves out of the nest – emerging at night! They remain solitary until the next urge to mate. The temperature of the sand determines the sex of the turtle: below 85 degrees Fahrenheit is predominately male; above 85 degrees Fahrenheit is predominately female. This nest I stepped on is probably all female – just guessing, based on my barefeet barometer. 70-190 eggs may be popping out of this nest so I will be dropping by from time to time.