Help Wanted

I read an interesting article today.  Well, I didn’t think it was going to be interesting and quite frankly, I don’t know why I read it.  But I did, and it was.  It was about turtles.  Doesn’t that peak your interest?  No, me neither.  It was the headline that caught my eye.  It read “Most Sea Turtles Now Female In Great North Barrier Reef”.  At first I thought”OK, so what”?  But then, as so often happens when my brain has been idle for too long, I began to dwell on the ramifications of such a situation.

It seems that warmer temperatures due to climate change influences their sex during incubation. Given that there are over 200,000 nesting females off the east coast of Queensland, Australia, that makes for a lot of little girl turtles and not an awful lot of guys. In fact, currently, the study showed that almost 99% were female.  Further, they are already endangered and this could have a devastating effect on the entire species.

So, what do you do about it.  One of the suggestions has been to erect turtle tents over the beaches that the turtles frequent.  Now admittedly, I know almost nothing (OK, absolutely nothing) about the process of procreation in the turtle world, so I don’t know how much of a role the male turtle plays, but, if they are worried about this population imbalance , the lads have to be messing around in there somewhere.  So, it seems to me that you need to enlist a little help.  Over on the south shore of the reef, the female population is about 69% “female biased”.  (Boy, who ever would have thought that female bias would even be a problem for turtles, but I digress).  It seems to me therefore that you may want to enlist the assistance of a few studly young dudes from over there to move over and slip under one of those tents.  I know, I know.  They already have it pretty good where they are, but come on,  when only one percent of the turtles are guys, it sounds like a no brainer.   The old “I have a headache” becomes obsolete.  They simply say “I hope you feel better in the morning, when I’ll be back, maybe.

I once had a friend at the office ask me if I believed in life after death.  I said “of course I do.  All you have to do is stand near the door at quitting time”.  My only concern about reincarnation however is what I might come back as.  I don’t know if you have a choice, but if you do, I think this boy turtle thing may be worth another look.  But I am sure, once this gets around, there will already be a waiting list.

About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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2 Responses to Help Wanted

  1. laurie27wsmith says:

    Hi Bob, Long time no see. I’m reading through my Medium blog posts and saw your reply to one and thought, I’ll see how Bob’s going, and here you are talking about reincarnation.Go figure. How are you Mate, life treating you well?


  2. oldmainer says:

    Hi Laurie. Boy, am I glad to hear from you. It has been a long time. I got to thinking about you and that is why I went out to see if there were any posts and I found the one from last Sept. I have so missed you beautiful pictures and our conversations. I hope all is on the up for you and we wiill be able to enjoy your pictures and posts again. Cheers Your old friend Bob, the OldMainer


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