Thursday, February 02, 2006
  Stolen sea turtle eggs

You know, this type of thing happens so often that I doubt y'all would know why I'd put it up here. But, reading this, it occured to me.. seriously, how can these guys survive? What more could we do to them? If a mama sea turtle returns to her natal beach to find that we haven't covered it in lounge chairs or "renourished" it with sand too dark or too rocky to be a suitable substrate, so she can actually lay her eggs.. then what? Then we steal her eggs. I mean, I understand 40 baht ($1 or so) per egg is a lot to poor Thai folks, but.. you just have to feel for the poor freaking turtles. Even if all goes well with the egg-laying process, only one hatchling per 10,000 makes it to adulthood.. so what happens when we keep interfering with the beginning numbers? And then, when the turtle isn't outsmarted by our ignorant seaside lights, makes it past the predatory birds and crabs, it winds up getting caught in a drift net, or hit by a boat propeller.. just all very sad. it's like we're setting up some too-difficult obstacle course for their survival. and they're just wookie cute little turtles - how can they outsmart us?

anyway, to balance out all this doom and gloom, now i give you.. baby sea turtles!

can you get any cuter?

aww :) look at 'em clamberin' for the moon.

oh, they make me happy :)
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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