The sight of nesting leatherback sea turtles has brought me back time and time again. If you travel to Tobago between March and September, you stand a very good chance of seeing one of these beautiful creatures.
Imagine standing on a sandy beach in the dark, under a velvety sky lit with millions of stars. The sand is warm between your toes from the day’s sunshine. The only sound is that of the waves gently slapping against the sand. The moon hangs low on the horizon, casting a silver shadow across the sea. A turtle moon.
And then, in the darkness, you can just make out a what appears to be the wake of a boat, running parallel with the beach. After a few moments a slightly darker curved shape rises from the sea. Slowly, the enormous leatherback turtle drags herself out of the sea and onto the sandy shore. Leaving what appears to be an impression of a tractor trail in the wet sand