I have mentioned before how lucky I feel to have traveled to many lands, and seen things I never expected to see. Last week I left off at the point where I had driven my open sided military Jeep up onto 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.

When my headlights revealed the dark shapes of several giant turtles along the upper edge of the beach, most of them facing the sea, I could hardly believe the size of them, running as they did from four to five feet long and with shells up to three feet high. Driving a little closer to one of them, but stopping about 25 feet away because I didn’t want to frighten it, I saw that its hind legs were slowly digging a hole. It didn’t take long for me to make an educated guess what it was up to, and the shower of Ping-Pong-ball sized eggs that suddenly cascaded down into the sandy hole a minute or two later verified my guess.

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