■ SRI LANKA, GALLE: Fresh from being crowned Sri Lanka’s worst fisherman, I rushed back to the room to get changed before going back to see the man who runs the Sea Turtle Hatchery. On my visit the day before, he invited me back to release some newly hatched baby sea turtles back into the Indian ocean. Naturally this was something I wasn’t gonna miss.
After meeting his whole family who’d just arrived back from a village visit we ventured over to the holding tanks and picked out 10 lucky turtles. Then we walked down to the beach for the main event: seeing which of these sea turtles were natural born swimmers and which was not!
On the beach we also ran into a mega iguana, the main threat to these sea turtles before they hatch, as well as a fresh track made by a mother turtle who had just buried her eggs on the beach the night before.
For a finale I got to hand feed some of the grown sea turtles.
■ If you wish to follow Nilanga and his family’s work at the Sea Turtle Centre or volunteer with them, they need more help;
*Phone Number: 075 540 2553 (within Sri Lanka)
*Facebook: Sea Turtle Hatchery Mahamodara
*Tripadvisor: Sea Turtle Hatchery Mahamodara