On the beachBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7212.793a (Published 18 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:793
- Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
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 …