Don't call me a turtle egg!
Trip Start May 17, 2006
20Trip End Jul 01, 2006
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Anyway, the boat trip took an hour and we arrived at a tiny island about .5 KM from the nearest inhabited islands of the Philippines, kind of scary considering the pirating incidents along the coast of Sabah in the last few years
The rooms were pretty good, but I don't know if they were worth 160MYR (about $45). I think people in Borneo really like plastic, because almost all bathroom doors and window curtains are plastic. One good thing about the hotels is that they tint their windows so people can't spy on you.
I went back down to the beach to read and the tide had gone so far out that all of the area I was swimming in earlier had been exposed. There was a HUGE monitor lizard on the beach looking for turtles to eat. I stubbed my toes on some coral trying to chase him down for a photo, but he escaped
At about 10PM we got to see a mother turtle lay eggs, then the rangers collected them so that they would not be vulnerable to predators or poachers. They tagged and measured the mother, then buried the eggs in their own special enclosure. I got to hold one of the eggs and it was really cold. Finally they let us hold hatchlings. They were so cute I almost fell down. Mine was about 4" long and was really strong! He flailed his flippers around while I got a photo and named him Jeffey (sorry for the inside joke, everyone, but... Mom and Dad - I bet his mom called him Jeffey). After that we got to help them release about 100 babies into the water. I cannot possibly explain how cute this whole thing was.