The Loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) come ashore and lay their
eggs during the summer months. Over the last few years, Peter Mack has
identified and protected the nests from foxes that would otherwise dig
up the eggs.
Peter has found that by putting sticks in the sand around the nest
and by reducing fox numbers with traps and baits that the nests survive
the local predators.
In February and early March, turtles hatch and venture
into the sea.
Guided tours are arranged to watch the little turtles emerge.
This nest was covered to a depth of more than a meter by
sand blown over it during the incubation of the eggs. Here Peter is
helping the little turtles by removing some of the sand.
Before too long the turtles emerge and head for the noise of the sea.
The ruts in the sand from passing vehicles are an
obstacle the little turtles don't need
More help from the crowd. (The dog is very well trained)
Finally, as the sun sets, the little fellows head off to sea