In 2005, we became aware of the 'Turtle Chick' who was patroling our quiet stretch of beach. She looked rather official as she made notes on her clipboard and inspected the beachcrest. Our curiosity lead us to ask her what on earth she was doing. Shortly after this, I, an unofficial Turtle Watcher got roped into being an official Turtle Conservation Officer. Now I get to patrol the beach and inspect the beach crest, and 'Oh Happy Days', I also get to fill out the endless Data Sheets.
Marcel Mathiot, Turtle Conservation Officer, photo Pat Mathiot
This is now my 4th Turtle season with MCSS and while I have enjoyed every minute of it, my interest in Turtles and their conservation goes back many years. It has been encouraging to see people change from being 'Turtle Predators' to 'Turtle Protectors'........but we still have a long way to go.