might be able to see a loggerhead turtle if you go to a place called Mon Repos.
My mum and I had to wait about half an hour until we got into the information centre. When we were in the centre we had a look around and saw lots of pictures and information about loggerhead turtles.
After one hour the kids could do a junior ranger turtle club and you learn so much about turtles, like how the rangers measure their carapace, which is a fancy name for shell, and how to read their flipper tag which says how old they are. The best part is it is so much fun because you get to fill in your own data sheet using a model turtle.
After two hours we got down to the beach and found a loggerhead. It was great. She was already laying her eggs. When we were asked how many eggs we thought there would be I said 108 and I was right!
Turtles lay two to three clutches of eggs every breeding season but they don’t breed every year. They have a break for about two years and then the next breeding season they’ll join in and do it again. Did you know that turtles can lay over 100 eggs in every clutch. Did you know that about only one hatchling in every 1000 will make it to be an adult. It’s very scary because the loggerhead turtles are endangered and don’t start breeding until they’re 30 so not many make it old enough to have babies.
When she had laid her eggs she buried them as well as she could and it took about half an hour. She buried them by using her front flippers to push heaps of sand far enough for her back flippers to fill in the hole. When she was finished she got off her nest and scrambled back to the water. It was amazing. We were very lucky because we were very close to her head and we got flicked by sand and she kept on looking at us.
Ten minutes after the turtle had gone to the water a snake came along and it was scary because it was poisonous.
The eggs were too close to the ocean and the eggs weren’t deep enough so we had to move them to a new nest that the rangers made. It was really exciting. I helped them move all the eggs to the new nest. The eggs felt weird because if you touched it, it would dent because there was a bubble protecting it. The eggs looked exactly like ping pong balls.
I love the turtles so much that I collect models and still am. They are endangered so when I am old enough I’m going to set up a campaign. The turtles are endangered because other creatures eat them either in the sea or on land when they hatch. Also we humans put rubbish in the sea which pollutes it and the turtles can get caught in it. Boats sometimes damage the turtles if they are in water that’s too shallow and some fishermen can get turtles caught in their nets. I am very sad because people sell turtle products and if we stop buying them then the fishermen will stop catching them.
Loggerhead Turtle Fact File
This fact file gives information about the turtle I saw at Mon Repos.