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On the beach

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 18 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:793
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

    The shore is long and straight, narrow, and quite steep. The sea is calm. In the light that is left an hour after sunset a dark bulky shape stirs in the hollow that it has excavated in the dry sand above the high water mark. A female loggerhead turtle begins to lay her eggs.

    Well over a metre long and almost a metre wide, she has come thousands of miles for this and will not be distracted. My son inches closer, engrossed by the strange creature, her …

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