We made our way to the south-west coast of Sri Lanka, where we stayed at Beruwala Beach. The famous Bentota Beach is just a short stroll down the sand. Our hotel was a very interesting place. There were two main groups of people staying there: young, hot Russians who wore almost nothing and smoked by the pool most of the day, and conservative Muslim families, whose clusters of wives sat by the pool in their Burkas, watching their children swim while their (few in number) husbands rubbed oil on their hairy chests and stroked their gleaming mustaches.
While we were at the coast, we visited a sea turtle hatchery. This hatchery in particular had been completely devastated in the 2004 tsunami, and had to rebuilt from the ground up. They pay local fisherman to bring them whatever turtle eggs they find while on the beach. They then carefully hatch the eggs, raising the young turtles until they are ready to be released back onto the beach.
Here, we examine the turtle eggs.
Then, we got to hold some adult turtles who were in the sanctuary because they were born blind.