January 21, 2007

The Unexpected Visitor

One late night as Maureen and I were walking on the beach we unexpectedly came across this huge sea turtle. Even in the complete darkness on the beach I could still see the magnificent beauty of this creature. Beth joined us soon after to marvel at its considerable size. We estimate that it was around six feet from head to tail. Just to put it into perspective this giant sea creature's head was about the size and shape of a large watermelon. It was an amazing experience to see it struggle onto the beach and battle the surf to dig a hole. I am assuming that it was there to lays its eggs. However I know relatively little about the topic and I have no idea if this is even the season for little turtles to begin their path to maturation. Nevertheless this was an amazing experience that I feel fortunate to have had.
Believe it on not Beth is only about a foot back from the turtles reach. The way that it was flailing its flippers we dared not come any closer.


Brent and Kirstin said...

Duuuude....did you find out how old he was??

Reminiscent of "Finding Nemo". :) What a neat thing to see!


Max said...

Wow, what luck you had running into such a huge turtle. I've never even seen one that large when diving in Thailand.