We were just past the entrance of the parking lot of the Store, when we met our first, of three SNAPPING TURTLES, ready to cross the road. A small turtle had already been killed by a vehicle.
Luckily we met up with Sean, the Presqu’ile Turtle Guy. He picked up the snapping turtle and checked it out. Forever curious, I started to ask questions and Sean seemed willing to answer them, although it was raining, but nobody seemed to care.
The Snapping turtles are 20 years or older when they first start laying their eggs. Most of those eggs will not hatch. As you drive through Presqu’ile you will notice empty turtle egg shells because animals got to them.
Turns out the snapping turtle population at Presqu’ile can use some human help to keep the numbers healthy. As I have been following Sean and his involvement with Presqu’ile through twitter I’m aware of his research for helping reptiles cross the road safely. http://www.cbc.ca/…/turtle-travel-research-aims-to-help-rep…
Mary, Sean’s Field Aid, showed us some research in action, checking, measuring and weighing a turtle.
Thanks to a chance meeting with Mary, Sean and the Turtles, a dreary rainy evening turned into a fascinating one.
You never know what you’ll see or who you’ll meet in Presqu’ile Provincial Park.