Thursday, August 05, 2010

Las Villas Akumal at Night

The knock on our patio door came at 1:30 a.m. as we were sleeping at Las Villas Akumal on Jade Bay in Akumal south of Playa del Carmen and a place that I call sea turtle central. A turtle had made its way from the Caribbean onto the beach and was in the process of laying eggs. Nia and I had gone to sleep in our clothes so we would be   ready for this. And so we followed the red lights on the beach to a spot where a huge sea turtle was flipping sand back and forth as she tried to make herself comfortable or as comfortable as you can be when your laying eggs and a group of marine biologists are surrounding you with video cameras and infra red lights. Now, I know someone out there might be saying infra red lights, they haven't used those since the 1950s but the lights they were using to film the turtle were red so that's what I'm going with.  Anyway, she finally settled into the sand, laid her eggs and then immediately got up and walked to the water and then swam away.  Everyone there watched her until she was finally gone.  Then the biologists got on their phones and started talking, it seems that there was another turtle laying eggs on the sand of one of the other of the seven bays of Akumal.

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