My next adventure was to visit the turtle hatchery. Turtles are brought here mostly by the fishermen who have had turtles tangled in their nets or have accidently injured them. The people who work here collect the eggs from the beach to keep them safe until they are old enough to be released back in to the water. They hatch after around 60 days.
There were a lot of poorly turtles. Some had damaged flippers where you could see where the net has been caught around them. Some of them had missing limbs probably due to the boats propeller.
There was also a disabled turtle that had deformed short legs and a fat belly where his shell hadnt grown properly. It is a 1 in a million chance of this happening. He seemed happy enough. When the turtles are fit and well they are released back into the sea in the night where it is quiet and safe for them.
After more singhalese language lessons I was told about the tsunami here in 2004. There were over 30,000 casualties and over 21,000 dead. The host family im staying with was here when it happened. The son said there was no warning. They live just opposite the sea and were just standing in the street when they looked over and saw the water getting higher and higher. They started heading for a temple on higher ground when they realised their sister was still inside the house. After quickly going to get her they ran for the temple. They were in the water for 20 minutes. When they returned home their house was half full with water. Many houses were destroyed but thankfully everything has been rebuilt.
This picture was taken from their balcony.
This afternoon we all headed for the beach called wijaya beach. It was stunning. Golden sand and hundreds of palm trees lined up. The sea is clear and cool. The tide is very rough and strong this time of year but you can still swim.
Until next time 😀