Thursday, 2 June 2016

Wildlife On Ascension Island

At English Bay the tourists are gathering around a baby turtle, recently hatched, crawling across the sand towards the ocean. Ascension Island beaches are dominated by turtle nests, and this is the season when the hatchlings emerge.

Of course nature moves in mysterious ways, and within seconds of entering the ocean this baby was snapped up by a cruising Frigate Bird.  Very frustrating.

Other creatures on Ascension, also protected, are perhaps less attractive to the birds. As we cruised the island the road signs reminded us to keep to the speed limit (just 40kmph) and to watch out for the local land crabs, which were on the road in quantity in some places.

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