The residents of Aldabra have different ways to coop with the (twice a day) tides. Below summary with this nice collage was posted on the SIF FB page.
"The tides rush in and out of Aldabra’s lagoon through its three major (and few minor) channels ..., filling the basin until the water touches the leaves of the fringing mangrove trees, then emptying to reveal the champignon islets famous mushroom shape.
Many of the both sedentary and mobile species that inhabit the lagoon are well adapted to the extreme shallow water that comes with an outgoing tide. Giant clams can tolerate the significant heat and light that they are exposed to; turtles and juvenile fish can be found congregating in deep pools around the islets; eels seek shelter under rocks and some white-spotted puffer fish trust in their natural defenses and simply sleep in the sunshine shallows."
I was recently browsing for news on a turtle we found drifting between two of our boats, and bumped in some great blogs about wildlife conservation.
Both blogs are written by MCSS, the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles, and the posts are about the every day life and tasks of the volunteers.
Following the blogs, readers can get updates about recent environmental projects and also about rescued turtles, recovering in the rehabilitation center.
In addition to above blogs, every now and than there are some interesting news on the Nature Seychelles webpage at http://www.natureseychelles.org/ which also worth regular visit.
The photo above is taken from the MCSS FB page. He is not Barnie, the turtle, we found at our base, in the Inter-Island Quay, but a success story, Eden. He has been a patient at the MCSS rehabilitation center for about four months now. It was found around the Eden Island marina, bleeding from a propeller cut on its carapace. When MCSS team got him, he was having problems eating by itself and also problem with its buoyancy. After intensive treatment Eden got stronger. He is now eating on his own, and has also started to dive under water.
Barnie, our rescued Hawksbill turtle died after two weeks of MCSS' careful nursing. He was very week, when we found him, he couldn't lift his head above water and unfortunately he did not make it.
Recent video, published by SIF spotlights dugongs at Aldabra. However the atoll is their last refuge in the Seychelles, the featured dugong allowed the SIF team to get quite close. The encounter took place at the lagoon near Ile Esprit.
The Animal Diversity Web's summarizes a wide range of information about these mammals.
(Photo was made by T Mahoune, and featured on FB, meanwhile the video was edited by AJ Burt)