Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Turtle Walk #13

This was the 13th turtle walk of this nesting season. We arrived at the Buttonwood Lane Access, just after first light. The eastern sky was pink from the approaching sunrise. There was a nice breeze which is always a good thing, keeping bugs away and protecting us from a meltdown.

As soon as I started walking, I came across another pvc fishing rod holder that had been driven into the sand and left behind. There are usually 3 or 4 of these within our one mile walk. This eastern end of the beach has become a real obstacle course. Walking through this area is not very pleasant, at all, due to a growing number of sand holes, trash, abandoned broken beach chairs, & sand toys. Plus the sea weed from weeks ago is still on the beach, repeatedly getting wet, and is smelling rather bad.

This hole is about 2 feet deep.

Very nice, but not turtle friendly, when left behind.

This one had piles of sand on each side and the hole was about a foot and a half deep.

This is who we can thank for that contribution. Sand holes are a real danger to people and wildlife and should be filled in before leaving the beach.

Someone had gone away and left their chicken roasting, unattended.

Yes, it's a beached boat !

AND.....A frog; belly up!

Not a prize winner today.

Oh please! Let me carry this broken chair away for you.

Your guess is probably as good as mine, on this one.

Ok, so I think it's safe to say that this shovel isn't being used by children. Especially when there were two men and one woman just a short distance away, watching as I was taking photos of their things. They probably thought I was going to make off with a camera that was left on top of this pile of chairs. Which, by the way, are not supposed to be out on the beach. I believe that shovel would be considered an excavation tool and excavation isn't legal on the beach. I looked back after walking away and one of the men had gone up to the chairs to get the camera. None of the three went back there until we had passed that area on our way back. I saw the lady looking at us when we went by, she said something to one of the men and he looked toward us too.

I'm sure they went back to their digging. There was already a 3 ft high pile of sand there.

This made me wonder if a Captain had thrown his First Mate overboard.

I noticed a few small shells, that I had to pick up. :-) These were certainly more fun picking up than the two heavy bags of trash we carried away today.

Best viewed in HD on YouTube by clicking the screen below.

We had no new turtle activity and the remaining nests in our zone aren't due to hatch until August.


bobbie said...

Could you print up "Rules for spending time on the beach" or something, and leave then with chairs and shovels? Do you have any authority, or does anyone, to give tickets or anything like that? This is just so sad.

But your pictures, as always, are beautiful.

Tootie said...

Bobbie, we do have stickers that we can put on items that have been left out on the beach. But, if things have been abandoned because they are broken, those won't help.

I know one person who nicely asked some people not to dig holes unless they are going to fill them in at the end of the day, and also told them that they were not allowed to leave all their chairs and umbrellas out all night like they had been doing. She explained about it being turtle nesting season and they acted as though they understood. The next morning before daylight, when she passed by those things were all still right there and remained so all week. Some people simply don't care. The saddest part of that is; they are teaching their children to do the same.

We have no authority to do anything except clean up after these people. :-(

Some of the concerned people are asking the City to post signs at the accesses, resorts, condos etc., with a list of rules, so that they can't use ignorance as an excuse. They also need to be more vigilant with the beach patrol.