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Monday, July 21, 2014

The coolest thing I saw in Mexico


It's hard to decide what was the coolest thing I saw in Mexico.

And I would think it would be easy because we saw sea turtles.


http://missjheintz.edublogs.org/files/2012/12/green-seaturtle-1-1q68zk6.jpg

Not in the water.

We got to watch them crawl up on to the beach, drag themselves across the sand, dig a burrow, bury themselves. lay their eggs then drag themselves back to the water again.

 http://blog.conservation.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/green-turtle-returning-to-sea.jpg



 The whole process takes about 3 hours, which is admittedly, a bit over long. Sea turtles have very little sense of showmanship, but still. Pretty freakin' cool.


They don't come out until after dark and lights disturb them, so I don't have any decent photos to show you. Also, I'm not sure which of the 7 types of sea turtles they were, but they were about 3+ feet long and seemed to be mostly grey.

In the water, a sea turtle is a beautiful, graceful, elegant creature. On the land, not so much.

It's a little bit sad to watch them drag themselves clumsily along the sand, seemingly exhausting themselves with the effort. We tried to tell them "that's far enough, Mrs Turtle. The people are just going to dig them up and re-bury them somewhere safer anyway. Just go ahead and lay them right there." but you know how turtles are. They always have to do things their own way.

Anyway, under most circumstances, that would be an easy winner for the title "coolest thing I saw," but then we saw a guy doing this:









So it's a tough call!

3 comments:

anne marie in philly said...

nah, the turtles are WAY cooler!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Sorry, gotta go with the flyboard!

Professor Chaos said...

See? It's a tough call, right?