Sea Turtle Ecology

Day 9: Buck Island
by -- May 6th, 2016

We loaded up with a seatbelts-buckled time of 10 AM this morning. No island time here! Before we left I was able to share the very important life skill of brewing coffee (without a Keurig…) with another student.

Sufficiently caffeinated, we loaded up the big white van to head to Buck Island. Once we got to the marina, we met Clayton who expertly captained us over to the Island. There we learned about the legacy of conservation work as well as the many dangerous plants that we should avoid on our hike.

Once we reached the lookout, we paused for lunch and soaked in the view. We returned to the boat by way of a decomposing Hawksbill that had gotten disoriented and climbed 100 yards up from the beach and died of exposure.

We stopped for a quick but beautiful snorkel before heading back. We ordered takeout at a Roti shop on the way home which proved to be quite delicious and filling. We met Turtle Team for a debrief at 7:20 PM before heading out to patrol Sandy Point. We recorded our first 0, with no turtles nesting that night.

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