IX. A Few Baby Turtles

A popular definition of insanity states that if you do the same thing over and over with the expectation of a different outcome, you’re insane. I respectfully disagree. Whoever spoke those words had a limited understanding of patience. In terms of walking, for just over two months now I have done the same thing over and over, fully expecting a different outcome each time, and I am happy to report a different outcome came to be. 

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After reaching 300 laps and completing another milestone, I was rewarded with a very different sight. In the midst of a lap – the 300th lap actually – and in broad daylight with no warning, a nest of baby turtles hatched at once and in a prison break-like mad dash over the beach made their ways into the water.

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At first I wondered if these were a new species, not the usual green sea turtles whose mothers are often spotted laying eggs along the beach. For these were brown not green, dirty not shiny and just looked different.

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After seeing them get wet in the rock pools before reaching the ocean, their colour changed as they were cleaned by the water and it suddenly became obvious they were just covered in soil, after their first battle of digging out of their shells and their nest, up through the earth and into the world.

Baby Green Turtle 1

They are incredibly tiny, yet quick. And they don’t give up! They fall down over pebbles and rocks, turn upside-down and re-position themselves, yet power on with their little flippers in a mad dash to the water.

Baby Green Turtle 2

It’s estimated only about 1 or 2 in a 1000 will survive to adulthood. Although it can be sad to see a few get picked off by the birds or the sharks as they enter the water, this is nature in full swing and it’s amazing to think what lies ahead for the many that make it to the water and their adventures over vast distances in the years to come.

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The incredible thing is that they know straight away how to move – how to dig and scramble across the beach and more importantly how to swim.

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The question I ask myself in reference to birds also applies here to turtles – do they swim because they have flippers or do they have flippers because they swim?

With the marking off of another milestone, the featured charity shifts from the Kolling Foundation to the Royal Flying Doctors Service SE. The  Royal Flying Doctors Service will be the last of my selected charities and will feature between laps 301-400.

Current Featured Charity: Royal Flying Doctor Service (SE) 

Laps Completed: 301

Laps to Go: 199