Imagine you are buried in the sand several body lengths down and you have just been born. Well I have spent a night or two on the beach at the North end of Grenada where 63 nights earlier a leatherback had dragged herself out of the sea, dug her nest and laid her eggs.
The little guys made it to the surface and the guardians of the beach watched for frigate birds and mongoose and all the others who come to feast. A minute or twos rest and they are off to the water. The nesting population is on the increase in the Eastern Caribbean but this is in marked contrast to the pacific population whch has crashed and there are no signs of recovery. Some beaches which used to have 1000+ nest per anum are down to single digit numbers.
The beach watchers are most locals now but at carnival time there is always a demand for the odd stand in so there I was walking the beach and checking the known nests.