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JUNE 6, 2013
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Under the cover of darkness, the majestic
leatherback turtle slowly made her way along
the moonlit Grande Riviere beach, labouring
under the weight of her massive carapace
(shell) as she came on shore to lay her eggs.
So began the emotional journey of the female
leatherback turtle as she returned for the
annual ritual on the same beach, where she
was also born, to deposit her eggs.
On May 25, Atlantic hosted a special tur-
tle-watching event at the beach. Staff and
some members of the media were allowed to
observe leatherbacks nesting and the release
of newborn turtle hatchlings into the sea.
Atlantic CEO Nigel Darlow, who addressed
the gathering of turtle watchers, which included
Atlantic sports ambassadors T&T Olympic
sailor Andrew Lewis and West Indies women s
cricket team captain Merissa Ria Aguilleira,
reaffirmed the company s commitment to
protecting the leatherback turtles. Atlantic
sponsors the Turtle Village Trust, which over-
sees local nesting sites.
Darlow, speaking with the T&T Guardian,
said protecting, tagging and monitoring the
turtles was part of Atlantic s overall corporate
social responsibility commitment.
He stressed the need for Trinidadians to
recognise the vital role that turtles play in
balancing the marine ecosystem.
"They are subject to vulnerability so we
have to look after them and sustain them and
encourage them," Darlow said.
He said through its monitoring efforts the
Turtle Village Trust had recorded an increase
in the number of leatherbacks and hawksbill
turtles nesting at Grande Riviere, "which is
Chairman of the Grande Riviere Nature Tour
Guide Association Lenn Peters said the influx
of turtles at the beach had increased from 50
to 300 for the 2013 season.
He said turtle monitors also spotted a rare
Olive Ridley sea turtle nesting on the beach,
which is uncommon in this part of the world.
Each nesting turtle, Peters said, is tagged
while laying eggs since this is the only time
they do not feel pain.
This, he said, shows there is something spe-
cial about Grande Riviere. He explained that
no one knows where the turtles and the hatch-
ings go when they leave the beach or why the
turtles return to the same beach every year.
However, villagers believe the beauty of their
beach has mass appeal for the turtles.
Peters said the sand quality at the beach,
as well as its undulating sand formation, made
Grande Riviere a choice venue for nesting tur-
At night close to 600 turtles can be found
nesting there. Turtles, he said, do not nest
one time for the season; "they nest multiple
times, on average about six times."
Leatherbacks are excellent swimmers, Peters
said, but on land they are clumsy because of
their size and shape.
He said the leatherback lays about 79 to
120 eggs at a time but among them are dummy
eggs, which means they have no hatchlings.
Peters said in 60 to 75 days, depending the
sand temperature, hatchings emerge from their
eggs. It takes them two to five days to dig
themselves out of the nest.
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Pop star Sting is to release his first
full-length album of original material
since 2003, the New York Times re-
The Last Ship, due in September, will
feature songs the Tyneside-born artist
in has written for a stage musical about
shipbuilding in the north of England.
Sting's output over the last decade
has included an album of lute music and
2010's Symphonicities, which featured
symphonic covers of some of his songs.
It is hoped The Last Ship will open on
Broadway in 2014.
Set in a shipyard in Wallsend, Eng-
land, The Last Ship is set against the
decline of Newcastle's shipbuilding in-
dustry in the 1980s.
Sting has been working on the project
for three years and his collaborators in-
clude John Logan, writer of James Bond
The show is set to be directed by Joe
Mantello, the actor and director best
known for Wicked.
According to the New York Times, the
title track is "a waltz-time folk tune,
heavy with Christian imagery and told
in a Northern English dialect".
Sting, real name Gordon Sumner, was
born in Wallsend in 1951. After a brief
spell as a schoolteacher, the singer
formed The Police in 1977.
Between 1978 and 1983, the band en-
joyed a string of hits including Message
in a Bottle and Every Breath You Take.
Sting is currently touring North Amer-
ica with his Back to Bass tour. (BBC)
Sting to release new album of original songs
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