>> Thursday, August 27, 2009
This is one of my favorite beaches in St. Thomas and has been the setting for many of my past Floyd posts. Its location is kind of a secret and you are usually one of about three people on the beach.
It is even a bit more remarkable in that it is one of the few places where leatherback turtles nest. This beach is very important for their survival. Unfortunately, many people have started building beach shacks and use the area for ATVs. This puts the turtle nests in danger. All it takes is one bonfire in the wrong spot or one careless driver driving over one nest to destroy what the turtles have worked so hard to accomplish. The worst of it is there are signs posted warning beach goers of these very activities and explaining about the turtle nests.
I guess the purpose of this post is to serve as a lesson. Please pay attention to posted signs, not just on a beach, but on any nature outing. Be respectful of your surroundings and don't destroy the beauty that is there to enjoy... you may be doing more damage than you realize.