Saturday, August 30, 2008

Pointe Denis

On the Sunday before we were leaving Gabon, Landry, Mignon and I took a boat over to an island right off the coast of Libreville. We got off at a place called Pointe Denis. It's really a very secluded island, just beaches, hotels, and a small village. There are no stores or shops, at least none that we were able to find. That turned out to be unfortunate because we didn't pack a lunch and the hotels on the island charged an arm and a leg for lunch, so we went the whole day without eating! But it was okay. The boat ride was really fun and, as you can see from the pics, the beach was really pretty. Landry and I went for a walk along the beach and discovered this little shack that housed all of this information on the different kinds of sea turtles that lay their eggs on the shores of the island. It was a lot of really interesting information. Did you know that the sex of turtle babies is determined based on the temperature of the nest that holds the eggs? If it's above 32 degrees C then the babies are female. If it's below 28 degrees C then the babies are male. And if the temperature is in between then its usually a mixed nest. Anyway, it was a really beautiful day and I have the sunburn to prove it!!

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