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Sea Turtle Extravaganza

Jan 18, 2010


Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Giordano
One week into the trip and things are going well! The smuggling runs have been successful and the slave labor isn’t so bad…Actually today was fantastic! In spite of what seems to be record rain in the area, there was still plenty of time to take our very first marine bio class and set sail out to Mountain Point. Though the original plan of doing the second open water dive (for us beginners) and another dive for the certified people was postponed due to rain, we were able to get in the water and look for and tag sea turtles. This involved a unique experience of gearing up, grabbing a line and being towed by a dinghy while searching for a green or a hawks bill sea turtle. Our two plus hour tug boating experience was only interrupted three times. Fortunately each was because there was a turtle spotted. The first time John eyed the little guy and it was quickly pounced upon by six eager shipmates and one staff. Though many near catches were made success was due to lady Alyson who surfaced with the hawks bill in triumph. We quickly (and gently) took the little guy (he was no more then two years old) aboard Ocean Star to take measurements, tag him (or her) and then pose for pictures. Once done and after we let Jaba (the name given to the turtle) back into the water, we went back out in search for more. We did end up catching another turtle eventually…however it was Jaba yet again, not the brightest fellow in the world. From there we went to check out a little tunnel by the rocks of Mountain Point that required a little free dive to get into! Hours later with showers done and delicious food in our stomachs we sat down for a rousing class of CPR and fist aid. That was the just of day seven of this trip; it’s crazy to think that it’s already been a week. I have the feeling that the rest will fly by in a similar way!