Thursday, September 29, 2011

Baby Turtles and Humboldt Squid

We're happy to announce 3 new additions to our family! Baby box turtles! We found them in the backyard.

That's "Sherman Tank 2" and "Sherman Tank 3." We found this pair the same day.

"Sherman Tank 1" dug himself into the dirt and hasn't come up yet. We found him the day before. We hope he's okay down there.

Sherman 2 is bigger than Sherman 3.

He is very brave and sociable. Went right into the little log shade we bought for them.

Sherman 3 is a little shy. When he gets scared, he just goes into his little shell and pretends that no one can see him... Like in the first picture.

These little guys and their ancestors have been living in the Wheatley backyard for over 40 years. Over the years, some had babies and some died. It's a miracle that two male and female adults still live today to have babies. We decided to take care of them, get them through the winter so that they grow big and strong enough to live on their own in the yard. In the past, unknowing gardeners have run over many a baby turtles with the lawn mower. Sad.

We also went squid hunting last Saturday night, at least tried to. Rick's buddy at work told him that he saw squid coming up on shore the night before. When we got to the Newport Beach pier, there were already a lot of people there, waiting. Rick said, "I bet I'm in the only white person here." Yep. There were Asians everywhere. My kind mostly. I really don't know what it is with Vietnamese people and fishing. 

We stood in the tide with our flashlights and buckets, straining our eyes for any sign of movement.


Still have not seen anything.

Then we saw one guy down the beach pull a big red Humboldt squid out of the water. It was so cool! But... he was about the only person that saw anything that night.

At the end of the day, all we came home with was a boot full of water and sand. Still, it was fun to get out and do something totally random and last minute.

Like Food for Hunters on Facebook!

No comments:

Post a Comment

Feel free to post any questions or comments.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...