|Walking to Megali Petra at the start of the patrol.|
As we walked back along Avithos beach we had to knock down lots of sand castles and fill in holes left by tourists. Hatchlings can be blocked from the water by sand castles, are fall into a hole on their way to the beach and therefore never make it.
|Filling in a hole on Avithos|
In Florida, the nest discovery date and number were labeled on the stakes, but here this important information is written in black marker on smooth rocks found on the beach, and then they are buried on the turtle left and turtle right of the nest. It took about one and a half hours to complete the survey, but little did I know this was just the beginning of my turtle filled morning.
|Maud and I checking a nest|