|Wandering around the black sand beach graciously not messing with sea turtles.|
I’m on vacation. Today we went to the beach to look at sea turtles because when you happen to be around a beach with sea turtles it seems almost churlish not to go look at them.
Quick caveat: The sea turtles were beautiful and amazing and I’m all for protecting endangered species, etc., etc.
The whole time we were at the beach, though, I kept thinking, “Man… Evolution must have a sense of humor because seriously how are these turtles not *more* endangered? The only way sea turtles could relax more unsafely would be by dragging themselves into the kitchen of an exotic foods restaurant. The only thing on the beach really ‘protecting’ them is a “Don’t mess with the turtles” sign. I mean, I’m just a harmless tourist going nuts with Instagram. But no one really knows that for sure, least of all the turtle that’s just hanging out naively doing its turtle stuff. I could be a particularly dickish large bird. Or a shark. Turtle soup could be on my bucket list and I could cross it off no problem.”
|Sea turtle swimming in a tide pool. Thank God it’s camouflaged well because it’s pretty much just trapped itself in a “shooting fish in the barrel” situation until the tide comes back in.|
|Sea turtle beaching itself ON PURPOSE.|
In an odd way today has been very reassuring for my faith in humanity because if people wanted to they could totally kill a turtle, stuff it, and take it home as a souvenir ottoman. But overwhelmingly people don’t do that.
So at least we’ve got the whole “generally opt not to fuck with sea turtles” thing going for us as a society. And that’s nice.
But wait! There’s more! Part 2 of the gripping two part sea turtle series can be found here.