We are back home from our little Eid holidays trip and all settled back into our routine. It was a refreshing little break to my bro-in-laws place in
. The best part was the little family reunion -
Smera with catching up her cousins sisters and brothers and the night long
gossip sessions with the sister-in-law.
However the highlight of the trip was our visit to Ras-al-Hadd, very
famous for its green turtle nesting conservatory. Muscat
After couple of hours drive from the
countless rocky mountains on either side, we pulled up to this place on a
secluded beach. The beach house belonged to one of our family friends and was
all ours for the duration of our stay. We settled in at once after a bit of
cleaning up. It was around 8 at night when we tucked in the noodles and chicken
and waited eagerly for the turtle trail. Muscat
It was a moonlit night and there is nothing like walking on the beach with cool breeze hitting your face and sand in your shoes. We were a gang of 11, silently waiting to see the Green Turtles to come towards the land to lay eggs. In the mean time, we made sure we kept the kids occupied by making sand castles and interconnecting network of underground tunnels – it was so much fun that even the adults enjoyed it.
From a distance we could see a few of the turtles slowly walking towards the land, the waves helping them come ashore. The slowly walk towards the land and find a good spot lay eggs. It takes them about 10-15 minutes to dig a safe for them to lay eggs and once done they would cover it up, for them hatch.
The entire experience was breathtaking, every element of the nature helps nest here. The moon gives them enough light, the waves help the come on to the shore, take them back once they are ready to go back and lastly the sand provides a safe nest for eggs to hatch safely. Once the eggs hatch the tiny new-baby turtle would quickly rush off to the sea. It’s magical to see them swiftly walking towards the waves, the noise from the waves guides them home.
However there is a catch to it, you cannot make noise, use big torch and click picture as it would disturb and the local guide makes all this rule perfectly clear before the start of the tour. They would end tour right then if we break even once single rule.
|Heading to the waves|
|Lost the path a bit but the sunshine helped him get back!|
|Looking out for some more|
|Sunshine and morning walk is good everybody's health, including this one's|