Scrambled Eggs

December 07, 2011—Java—652Some locals tell me that eating turtle eggs have aphrodisiac properties, while others tell me selling off one batch of eggs is equivalent to 2 to 4 days of pay for hard work. Sea turtle eggs sell for $0.20 or 2,000 rupiahs each on the rampant black market in Indonesia. A clutch can be anywhere between 50 and 200 eggs, depending on the turtle and species, which racks in a mere $10-$40 if sold.

It’s a sad state of affairs. But finding hatchings who evaded poachers during their initial stages in life is welcoming.

December 07, 2011—Java—657I just wonder how long it’ll take before someone exploits my secret place.

December 07, 2011—Java—605Truth is, they’re more valuable alive.

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