27th of June – 1st of July
Nothing special happened in the morning, the tanks and the centre got cleaned and chichi got his food. Eden had no food over the whole weekend but he is still not eating on his own. But I think he is trying more often to dive now unfortunately he still got air in his body so he is not able to stay under water and it costs him a huge effort to dive down.
In the afternoon Vanessa went with Imogen and me to the beaches to profile them. We profiled almost all of them, only a few points at Grand Police were left for an other day during the week. While driving we always have an eye on the garbage on the side of the road and collect as much as possible, special bottles and cans.
The vet told us to start to feed Eden in a different pattern, from now on we feed him one day, then one day of no food, next day we will feed him again and after the third day he does not get food for two days and then the circle starts from the beginning again.
In the late morning the bird survey was made again. Not many birds were around, what was a little bit strange, as the weather was very stormy and wet the last few days. What would mean that all the worms and insect are at the surface.
On Thursday I was not in the south working, I helped Sara on Cerf to do the cleaning of the coral nursery grounds. We had very good visibility and we were done with the monitoring and the cleaning after little less than a half an hour. Unfortunately, almost all corals died already, only 35 are left. After the job was done we also enjoyed the reef a little bit. A big group of glassfish was around which was very nice.
After a nice lunch we went out again to do the monitoring of the corals but the cameras both were out of batteries and so we could not finish it.
We returned to the office around 3pm and Sara typed in the data of the day into the computer. Margoux also spotted a turtle earlier during the day. She took pictures of it and these pictures were added to a program, which helps to identify them. The turtle was never spotted before. I took the 4:15pm ferry back to Mahe.
|Sitting in the middle of the big track!|
A very exciting day today! While finishing the beach profiling with Vanessa at Grand Police Bay we spotted a fresh turtle nest from a very big big green turtle. The nest must be younger than 24h. We could see that the turtle dug at different places at the same spot and there was an other whole 20m down the beach but this one looked empty. As a very high tide probably could reach the nest, Vanessa decided to relocate the eggs. The plan was to bring them to a save place at Intendance beach. Full of motivation we went to the beach again and were looking for the eggs. Unfortunately or luckily (that is the question now), we could not find them. Mama turtle did a very good job and hopefully nobody or nothing else will find them. In the end we had to close our big holes again and we marked the area. Sometimes you can not beat the nature….
More than half of the day was already over, when we returned to the office. After lunch Vanessa and Imogen cleaned all the bottles we collected during the last few days. All the money which we get for the empty bottles goes to MCSS, even when it is not super much it still helps.
A few barnacles were attached to some bottles, Vanessa putted them into Eden’s tank and he tried to take a bite of them once. But again, in the end he did not eat them. So we had to force feed him again in the afternoon.
|Trying to find the well hidden egg clutch!|