Watch her go!
The leatherback turtle moves very slowly when she's out of the water, spending most of the night to come out and lay.
A leatherback turtle is so wide that when she comes onto the beach, it looks like a bulldozer has crossed the beach.
Fresh from their eggs, these baby turtles hurry to the safety of the water from their nest way up the beach.
From mini to major
Leatherbacks reach maturity at approximately 16 years old. Their average lifespan is unknown, but it's thought to be at least 30 years.
The leatherback turtle can measure between 1,8 and 2,2 meters in length and weigh between 250 and 700 kg.
Busy night scene
With expectant mothers waiting for good weather to beach, there will often be queues trying to reach the good spots on the sand.
This tour has often brought guests to tears with the majesty and beauty of these creatures in real life.
This looks like a recently mature mother, having not yet had the chance to grow to her full size.
Turtle info galore!
The guides who take you to witness this miracle are a fount of information on all topics, but provide you with the perfect info at the perfect time.
Back to the deep
A leatherback turtle returning after depositing her eggs.
Driving on the beach
With this tour, you drive about 10 km on the sand to view pieces of the Cape Vidal beach that most don't see.
On the way to the beach
A night safari precedes the turtle tracking section with sightings of its own.
A common sight on the night safari portion of the trip.
This may not be a turtle, but your guide will make sure you see what's there to be found.
Leopard on the prowl
Leopards are often spotted during nocturnal visits to the park.
A baby turtle starts out as just a few centimeters long. As long as they don't touch the turtle, guests are allowed to follow the turtle until it reaches the water.
During the dangerous crossing to the waves, turtles are at risk of being eaten by predators.
As soon as they hatch, they dig their way out of the sandy nest and scurry across the beach to the sea.
Gulls and other birds often scoop up the hatchlings before they make it to the water.
A turtle lays a clutch of eggs in the deep sand nest she's dug and then covers them.
Leatherback in motion
Laying eggs is hard work and the mothers rest throughout the process.
Wider wheel base?
My money is on the turtle being wider...
Scientists believe that loggerheads are long lived and could live to 50 years or more.
Can you see me?
Can you spot the flapneck chameleon?