I’ve been on the island for one and a half weeks now and time goes really fast. When I came here, I had high expectations and I had been looking forward to this for a long time. I went to the Seychelles a week before the project started. I thought I would be nervous but I wasn’t. I realized that there was nothing to be nervous about since I knew that I wouldn’t be alone on the Island.
After a week in the Seychelles, I got picked up to go to Curieuse Island. We all met up at the ferry from Mahe to Praslin and then the staff picked us up with a smaller boat to go out to base. I expected it to be very basic, but it was even more basic than I had imagined. Even though it’s basic, it’s a really nice place with so many friendly people, which makes the experience even better.
The first days included lots of information about the place, the routines and the different species that we’re doing surveys on. It was a bit intense but interesting and necessary. My first day out on a survey was at a turtle nesting beach. We walked there in the morning after breakfast. Even though it was early, it was really warm outside. It was the first time we walked the path, so we stopped a lot to look at different things and to check out the view. It’s so beautiful here, you can’t really imagine if you haven’t been here yourself. We arrived at the beach and began to look for any turtles that were up on the beach at that time. There wasn’t any, so we had a short break. We collected all the data from earlier turtles on the beach and the whole day on the beach passed by. We were just about to leave and go back to base when we almost walked into a turtle on her way up to nest.
This was so cool and especially because it was my first day and I had never seen a turtle nesting before. We hid behind some trees while she searched for the right spot. She started digging and we were soon able to walk up behind her and watch her do her thing. I got to count the eggs while the others did all the measurements. It’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen and experienced, and it’s something that I will remember for the rest of my life. She just knew how to do everything by instinct, which I think makes it even more impressive. I couldn’t have wished for a better first day, and this really set up high expectations for the coming days! Even though I’ve only seen one more turtle nesting since that day, I’m really happy with my time here so far. All the surveys are even more fun and interesting than I thought they would be, which is a positive.
As I said in the beginning, time really flies, so now I’m going to make the best out of every day. Soon I will only have half of my time left. I have lots of fun surveys to look forward to, such as more turtle surveys, sharks, rats, Coco de Mer and other fun stuff, for example beach cleaning that we’re doing on Saturday.