The turtles on Pom Pom are a lazy bunch. They lie on the bottom and rest all day and night. It is not scientific to say this but myself and the other volunteers are convinced they have personalities. The big rock turtle no14 ( we use names because the tags haven’t arrived yet) lies under the same big rock leaving it only to surface to breathe. She is a bully and will push other turtles out from her favourite place. Big John No 23 is a male and he cruises the same stretch of reef looking for a female who may say “yes”. We think he is really out of luck since all the females mated months ago and so he is really looking for a newly arrived female who doesn’t know his line of patter.
The juveniles green turtles are much more varied in their behaviour. They can be seen resting or swimming and have much less of a fixed abode.
Most of the turtles prefer to rest wedged under a rock to help hold them in place while they sleep. Lots of them are used to us by now and simply look at us if we get too close. Initially they swam off into the blue but the ones close to our coral planting sites ignore us now.