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Another impression from this bird, reef and turtle paradise. The surrounding reef protects a 25 sqKM area of 1 to 5 meter deep water. From October to December every night between 20 and 80 turtles, mainly green turtles and logger head turtels enter the beach and start digging a hole of about 1 meter depth in which they lay up to 200 soft eggs. After the work is done these unique creatures cover their nests with sand and make their way back to the sea before the sun comes up again. If they miss the high tide there is somethimes no way out to the open sea and you can watch them swiming in the lagoon between the blocks of coral. The same huge and heavy creatures who are so helpless on the beach seem to fly thru the turqoise waters as easy as little birds.
If you are lucky and calm you are allowed to be their company for a while until they disappear in the South Pacific and will not leave the water until their next visit to Heron Island next year.

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