Where WAS Brick House...The First Eight Years

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29 August 2017 | Langkawi malaysia
20 April 2016
05 October 2015 | Malaysia, island of Borneo
19 September 2015 | Kuching/Santubong
01 July 2015 | Bali, Indonesia
23 May 2015 | Bali, Indonesia
17 April 2015 | Venu Island
01 April 2015
12 March 2015 | Tioman
01 March 2015 | Papua, Indonesia
26 February 2015 | West Shore of Papua Indonesia
21 January 2015 | Raja Ampat, Indonesia
05 January 2015 | Gam and Waigeo, Raja Ampat
31 December 2014 | Misool, Indonesia
31 December 2014 | Masool, Indonesia
24 December 2014 | Indonesia
21 October 2014 | Philippines
04 June 2014 | Davao
17 April 2014 | Pacific

Turtle Nest

17 April 2015 | Venu Island
We have seen a lot of aquatic extermination across the Pacific; reefs that should be teeming with edible fish, turtles, lobsters, but are just blank watery spaces between coral formations. Many of the conservation laws enacted by island nations are in place to appease donor nations. There is no enforcement or ecological education of the citizens living on these over populated islands.
But sailing, west from Tual, Indonesia, we came across a remote island named 'Venu' but known in tourist brochures as "Turtle Island". In the local language 'venu' means egg.

Turtle Island, is a speck of an island, not more than 20 feet high at its peak, less than 3 football fields in size, and is ringed with a white sand beach. It is 40 miles west of Triton Bay, off the west coast of Papua, and about the same distance south west of the small city of Kaimana. Although we anchored in the lee, there is no protected anchorage so the weather must be calm.

Conservation International supports a group of care takers to live on the island and protect the nesting turtles. Although green turtles crawl ashore to nest all year, other species, like hawksbill and ridley, arrive more frequently during the October nesting season.
At dusk, we motored our dinghy to the lee side of the island and landed on the white beach. From 7PM till 11PM the care takers walk the beach looking for newly arrived tracks in the sand.
Soon after we landed on shore, we were taken to a turtle nestled up in some low lying tree branches. The 3 foot wide turtle was busy scooping out a sand pit. The whole process takes about an hour for digging a hole, dropping about 190 eggs and filling in the sand. As the large turtle finishes smoothing over the sand nest, the care takers will measure the turtle for size, add this nest to the total nest count, and mark the nest site with a stick so they will have an approximation of when to monitor the nest for hatching. As yet, they have no tags to attach to the large turtles, so they only have a written list of each turtle's measurements and nesting day.
If for some reason the large turtles choose not to come ashore, there is still the good chance of seeing hatchlings scrambling across the sand to the ocean. After 35 days of incubation, if they should hatch out of the sand during the day, the small turtles will wait huddled in a shaded area for the sun to disappear before making the wobbly 4 legged dash to the ocean. This is when the monitors get a count of how many babies make it to the ocean.
Only in the most remote islands of the northern Marshall Islands and a few isolated places in the Pacific have we seen unmolested turtle tracks coming out of the water and marking a trail up above the high tide line. It was a good find to see the conservation measures at the more accessible Venu island.
One mid afternoon, Rebecca and I snorkeled on the reef to the north and to the east of venue and saw no less than a dozen different turtles feeding, resting or scurrying away from us. Maybe the idea of conservation will continue throughout Indonesia.

There more images in the "photo gallery" file.

Vessel Name: Brick House
Vessel Make/Model: Valiant 40 #134
Hailing Port: Middletown, RI USA
Crew: Patrick and Rebecca Childress
Patrick completed a solo-circumnavigation on Juggernaut, a Catalina 27 in his younger days. He has been published in most U.S. and many foreign sailing magazines, for both his writing and photography. He co-authored a book titled "The Cruising Guide to Narragansett Bay and the South Coast of [...]
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Brick House 's Photos - (Main)
19 Photos
Created 8 October 2015
All sorts of tropical animals and insects
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Created 17 April 2015
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Created 1 March 2015
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Created 26 February 2015
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Created 21 January 2015
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Created 24 December 2014
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Created 21 October 2014
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Created 17 April 2014
Captured turtle images
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Created 3 March 2014
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Created 15 January 2014
Additiona Images
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Created 18 December 2013
We decided to take the slow route, down the sidewalk..ie the Intracoastal Waterway, the ICW. We went slowly, and smelled the flowers along the way. We are with old friends of Patricks, new friends of mine...Art and Grace Ormaniec, in Manteo, North Carolina.
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Created 26 October 2007
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Created 10 October 2007
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Created 28 April 2007

Brick House Crew

Who: Patrick and Rebecca Childress
Port: Middletown, RI USA

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AT THE END, Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, 'Wow! What a Ride! And I still have my Arizona driver license!! '