Last return of the "foolish" turtle?
Long time local resident and classical musician,
Peter Goodman discovered this dead turtle recently on his morning walk
along the 3 km naturist beach. He guessed that it may have returned to
the beach to lay its eggs but, unfortunately, for reasons unknown, died
on the beach. Two years ago there was intense public and media interest
when a similar turtle (could it have been this one?) successfully laid
its eggs on the naturist beach. It had been hoped that the young turtles
would return to the beach upon which they had hatched when, in due course,
they were mature and ready to lay eggs themselves. Hopefully this may
still happen and these magnificent creatures may - like many naturists
- call Vera Playa "home". Of course, this large adult turtle
might be the one which laid its eggs two years ago. Actually it seems
to be not so uncommon for dead turtles to be found on the beach (See our
News page for 2003). The turtles are
known as "tortuga boba" or "silly/foolish turtles"
and the Vera Playa naturist association has been named after them as has
the road which comes down to the beach at the point Peter found this turtle
(Avenida Tortuga Boba).
Photo copyright 2004 - Peter Goodman and www.veraplaya.info - all rights