Sea Turtles

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Sea Turtle Biology

There are seven species of sea turtles worldwide. They are: (left to right) leatherback, Kemp’s ridley, green, hawksbill, loggerhead, and olive ridley sea turtles.

All sea turtles found are listed as either threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

Human threats, including oil spills, have significantly reduced many sea turtle populations in recent centuries.

 

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Sea turtle populations takes a long time to recover because they grow slowly and do not reproduce every year.

Sea Turtle Life History

Sea turtles rely on a variety of habitats that can be damaged by man’s activities.

 

sea turtle life history

Nesting Females, Eggs, and Hatchlings
With the exception of basking green turtles in Hawaii, the only time turtles crawl ashore is for the females to lay their eggs. Females lay their clutches of eggs every 2-4 years on beaches, then return to the ocean. The embryos develop buried in the sand for around 45-60 days. Hatchlings emerge from their nests, quickly crawl to the surf, and begin a marathon swim to find refuge within offshore areas.

Juveniles, Surface-Pelagic Life Stage
Most post-hatchling turtles live at the surface of the open ocean. Turtles at this stage have limited diving ability, and spend more than 80% of their time at or near the surface.

Large Juveniles and Adults
Large juvenile and adult sea turtles spend most of their time in shallower water, along the continental shelf or nearshore environments. At this age they have developed into active swimmers, diving frequently to depths greater than 65 feet.

Sea turtles have extremely accurate navigational systems that allow them to migrate between widely separated feeding and breeding grounds.

Keeping a weather eye open

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"Scoff if you will Mateys! ...but after reading this you'll keep a weather eye on the waters round yer vessel when anchored!"

IDIOM: keep a (or one’s) weather eye open. To keep watch; stay alert.

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language http://www.bartleby.com/61/21/W0072100.html

“weather eye”  NOUN: An ability to recognize quickly signs of changes in the weather.

As a sea kayaker, you should work on developing a good “weather eye” (along with all your other seamen’s tricks).  Various sights, sounds and smells can tip you off to changes that portend trouble. All you have to do is learn what they are for your kayaking area and keep that weather eye peeled. 

What to look for here in Hong Kong.
The weather is the most important criteria for planning when going sea kayaking. The kayaker who paddles without knowing the weather forecast is just asking for trouble.

Winds & the kayaker

When things go wrong for kayakers at sea, it’s usually because of a little too much wind.
Sea kayaks cope very well with waves, tides, currents and extremes of temperature, but too much wind can be a real problem. 

If the day of your trip is windy, you can avoid problems by changing your plans. Shorten the trip. Move it to a small estuary with wooded sides, or the downwind side of a headland. On a windy day, paddle upwind to start with so if anybody gets tired, the group will have an easy downwind ride back to where you started from.

If you are out kayaking and a strong wind is blowing right in your face, keep up the pace until you get to shelter. 
If you go slowly you will be out there struggling for a lot longer. If you stop for a rest you will drift backwards faster than you expect. A 10-minute rest on open water in a strong wind can cost you an extra 20 or 30 minutes paddling.

Also, wind creates waves. When a strong wind blows out to sea, the water may be smooth inshore but increasingly rough as you get further away from the beach. And the further you go out to sea, the rougher the sea and the stronger the wind. An onshore wind blowing a long distance over water can create a heavy surf which makes things difficult or even dangerous, especially when exiting the ocean. Knowing how to surf you kayak is essential in these conditions!

What is the best weather for kayaking?

A cloudy (overcast) day with little or no wind.

Some people are put off kayaking by cloudy days, but that can be the best time to head out. Kayaking in light rain is also quite refreshing and you’re going to get wet anyway, so don’t let a few showers put you off.

When the weather is overcast you don’t get baked by the sun so you tire less quickly and can have more fun kayaking out on the water. This is very important in Hong Kong

Bright sunny days are the most popular time to hire a kayak becuase most people haven’t had the experience of sitting on or in a kayak with no shade in the hot Hong Kong sun. This is infact not the best time to go kayaking. More information about the dangers of over heating while kayaking will be published in a future article.

So, if you are planning a kayaking trip in Hong Kong, or anywhere for that matter, make sure you get the latest weather information, understand it, apply it to the local geography and have a safe fun day on the ocean making sure you always ‘keep your weather eye open”!

Aug 31, 2019 – Dog Island kayak, Lamma Island, Hong Kong.

Dog Island beach Hong Kong

Aug 08, 2019 Dog Island kayak adventure

Dog Island beach Hong Kong

A stormy day with fish flying! Perfect weather - not too much sun, great light, nice breeze and cool. Heavenly!

Dog Island is only a short distance from Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island. A totally unexpected surprise just 35 minutes from the 21st century city of Hong Kong. Completely uninhabited except for 2 kind hearted and elderly canines who are always excited to greet new visitors to their piece of paradise a hop, skip and jump from Hong Kong Central.

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Aug 04, 2019 – Kayak Control Course, Hong Kong.

Kayak Control Course Hong Kong

Aug 4, Kayak Control Course - Shelter Bay, Sai Kung

Kayak Control Course Hong Kong

The crystal clear waters of Shelter Bay make it the perfect place to learn how to control a kayak and to practice basic self rescue techniques.

A small group of adventurers spent the day in beautiful Shelter Bay learning how to control a kayak with the basic paddle strokes, maximising efficiency and minimising effort to take them across the surface of the ocean in a small self powered craft – known as a sea kayak.
We also spend a couple of hours building confidence and safety skills by learning how to capsize and be rescued and rescue others. A great fun day overall.

 

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Aug 21, 2019 – Dog Island kayaking, Hong Kong.

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August 21, 2019 Dog Island kayak adventure

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Whata glorious day! And so nice to kayak with a couple of Australians explore to the wilder side of Hong Kong.

Dog Island is only a short distance from Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island. A totally unexpected surprise just 35 minutes from the 21st century city of Hong Kong. Completely uninhabited except for 2 kind hearted and elderly canines who are always excited to greet new visitors to their piece of paradise a hop, skip and jump from Hong Kong Central.

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Aug 08, 2019 – Dog Island kayaking, Hong Kong.

Dog Island kayak Hong Kong Aug 8 2019

Aug 08, 2019 Dog Island kayak adventure

Dog Island kayak Hong Kong Aug 8 2019

A stunningly beautiful summers day! Great to discover a remote, isolated and deserted beach on an uninhabited island between Lamma and Hong Kong.

Dog Island is only a short distance from Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island. A totally unexpected surprise just 35 minutes from the 21st century city of Hong Kong. Completely uninhabited except for 2 kind hearted and elderly canines who are always excited to greet new visitors to their piece of paradise a hop, skip and jump from Hong Kong Central.

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July 17, 2019 – Dog Island kayak trip.

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July 17, 2019 Dog Island kayak adventure

Dog Islandsea kayak group Hong Kong

6 new friends on a journey of discovery in Hong Kong

Dog Island is only a short distance from Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island. A totally unexpected surprise just 35 minutes from the 21st century city of Hong Kong. Completely uninhabited except for 2 kind hearted and elderly canines who are always excited to greet new visitors to their piece of paradise a hop, skip and jump from Hong Kong Central.

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July 28, 2019 – Dog Island kayak trip, Hong Kong.

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July 24, 2019 Dog Island kayak adventure

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A beautiful day to discover a remote, isolated and deserted beach on an uninhabited island between Lamma and Hong Kong. Go figure!

Dog Island is only a short distance from Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island. A totally unexpected surprise just 35 minutes from the 21st century city of Hong Kong. Completely uninhabited except for 2 kind hearted and elderly canines who are always excited to greet new visitors to their piece of paradise a hop, skip and jump from Hong Kong Central.

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July 13, 2019 – Dog Island kayak trip.

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July 13, 2019 Dog Island kayak adventure

Sea kayak Hong Kong dog island jul13 HR_19

10 friends discover a remote island in Hong Kong

Dog Island is only a short distance from Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island. A totally unexpected surprise just 35 minutes from the 21st century city of Hong Kong. Completely uninhabited except for 2 kind hearted and elderly canines who are always excited to greet new visitors to their piece of paradise a hop, skip and jump from Hong Kong Central.

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July 22, 2019 – Dog Island kayak trip.

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July 24, 2019 Dog Island kayak adventure

Jul 24 2019 Dog Island kayak tour_12

A beautiful day to discover a remote, isolated and deserted beach on an uninhabited island between Lamma and Hong Kong. Go figure!

Dog Island is only a short distance from Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island. A totally unexpected surprise just 35 minutes from the 21st century city of Hong Kong. Completely uninhabited except for 2 kind hearted and elderly canines who are always excited to greet new visitors to their piece of paradise a hop, skip and jump from Hong Kong Central.

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