Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Turtle in a Tidepool

Look in the water. Can you see it? There is a turtle hatchling stuck in the tidepool. He hatched the night before and was so new to the world he still had yoke on his belly. The tide was long gone and he could be an easy and tasty lunch for a cormorant. No. Please let him make it.

Our Galapagos guide, Carlos, helped the little guy. He picked him out of the tidepool, gently placed him on the lava rock and let him find his way. The little marine turtle turned toward the sea and made a mad dash. He knew what he had to do.

Fifteen feet to the ocean is a long way for a little one, especially when when a bunch of birds are looking down on you wishing all the people would go away. We all watched, prayed and cheered him on. He made it to the sand! Yeah!

Come on baby! Climb that rock! You're almost there!

Home. The water feels so good. God speed, little guy. May you live for a hundred years.


dcloud said...

That was awesome! How kind of you to help that baby turtle. I often wonder why people who film animals in trouble just don't put down their cameras and help them out. Way to go.

Margaret Cloud said...

Doug is right, I have seen documentaries were an animal is in trouble and they do not help, that would be an interesting island to visit.

Kathleen said...

Thank you so much for your comments. I was thrilled that Carlos recsued this guy from the tidepool. I feel truely blessed to have been a witness and I will always cherish this memory.