Isn’t it cute the tiny baby-turtle? I love this post card. It was laying in my drawer for ages and now it made it onto my scrapbooking layout. It doesn’t always have to be a photo, right? My photos of this adventure are not that great…at that time I still took photos analogously…and most of the times didn’t take enough films with me. “At that time” is about 20 years ago. During that summer, I was working for Archelon, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece. It was my dream of adventure and work as a biologist.
There are sea turtles in the Mediterranean Sea, more precisely, the Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta). In early summer, they lay their eggs exactly at that Greek beach on which they saw the light of the day the first time. 7 to 10 weeks later the baby-turtles hatch during the night and make their way to the sea, guided by the reflection of the moon in the water. It must be very exhausting for the tiny turtle. They have to reach the sea by sunrise in order not to dry out or to be eaten by predators. On their way to the sea some get lost as they don’t follow the monlight-reflections in the water but the brighter light of the hotels at the beach. In the morning, we found many dead ones, and we could also rescue many others. And some of them we could support in finding the “real” sea and not the “artificial” sea, the pool in the hotel. Nevertheless theses lost turtles still had to make their way on the beach in order to get the right imprinting. Without this imprinting, they won’t be able to find the beach for egg-laying many years later. With this imprinting, the don’t know where to find the “home”-beach.
You might recognize, that I am still hooked to sea turtles…and still have a lot of knowledge saved in my head. Sometimes, I think it was just yesterday: I can’t remember how many slide shows I had done, neither how many questions I had answered. At least it was that many, that the knowledge is kept in my brain forever.
I have never again seen that many sunrises at the beach and have never again walked that much at the beach. But it also was a laborious job. In the evening, we built a channel from each nest to the sea, that the hatched baby turtle will find they way much easier. And in the mornings, we were counting turtle tracks, followed them to guide lost turtles to the sea and removed the channels built the evening before.
PP – from my stash
4 etiquettes die – simply graphic
good times arrow stamp – techniques tuesday
note & things ephemeras – crate paper
the open road frames – crate paper
cosmopolitan sequins – lucy little things
pschhiitt taffetas spray – kesi art
metallic gold rich super fine embossing pulver – wow
button – from my stash