Monday, 28 January 2013

Feeding the wild turtle

About 15 minutes walk from our hotel there is a reef where a wild turtle lives. I went over to see if it was around this morning.
I saw it in the water about 15 feet from the shore and a local man came over to me. I knew that they fed it seaweed as we saw it from a distance a few days ago but there were lots of people around.
Today it was only me, the man and the turtle. In return for a bit of cash he gave me a handful of seaweed and told me to feed him.
As soon as we got in the water the turtle started dawdling over but, rubbish as I am with all creatures, I did not dare put my hand out. The man took half and the turtle slowly chomped through it. I did try with my piece but it was more a little throw than hand feeding.
The man left me and the turtle to it, and it came closer and closer looking for more food.
It eventually wandered off when it realised I had no more food. Maybe it is just too lazy now to collect its own.
Darren didn't come with me as he is saving his energy for our next activity - we are going to hire a Nigel each and have surf races.

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