Last week I spoke of a time when I had driven my open-sided canvas topped military Jeep up onto the smooth soft sand of Sandspit beach near Karachi one warm August night, planning to spend a couple of hours enjoying the cool breeze blowing in off the Arabian Sea.

That night I watched a five-foot-long, almost three-foot-high, female green sea turtle struggle up the beach to its top, where it dug a deep hole with its hind legs, laid what I estimated to be 80 to 100 eggs in it, slowly filled it with sand using its hind legs, and then, after hours of arduous labor, slowly struggled its way back to the sea in which it lived.

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