A turtle nest protected by a cage to keep out raccoons.
Sea turtles have apparently been on earth for over 150 million years. They were around in the days of the dinosaurs. They are even older than me.
There are seven known species in existence--all of them endangered. Among the reasons for the declining numbers are, of course, pollution and climate changes. Adult turtles are poached (not sure why...soup?) and so are the eggs, which are considered by some to be a natural form of Viagra. And then there is the destruction of nesting beaches to make way for the ever voracious development of the hot new property in beach resorts.
Caspersen Beach is largely undeveloped and because of its designation as a rural/wilderness beach, not to mention its rather precarious geographical location, it is most likely to remain that way. Loggerhead turtles still come here to lay eggs in May and there is an on-going, organized effort for identifying and protecting the nests until the nests hatch out.
I would love to be here to see that someday.
But that sounds like I am making a bucket list. Oh, no!