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July 12, 2006

We see a wild turtle at last - in Hania harbour!

Last Tuesday Claire came to meet me at Notos for a drink before we went to pick my parents up from the airport.

Claire was just checking her email on the laptop, when I spotted some movement out of the corner of my eye in the water in harbour.

"What's that?" I asked.

I went to the harbour's edge to get a closer look - then very excitedly called Claire over - there was a turtle in the harbour!

We could see it very clearly as it swam just under the surface, coming up to breathe every minute or so.

We were a little worried that it might have got lost and disorientated, as the sea was very rough that day, and a lot of debris had been driven into the harbour, but it seemed happy enough. We were also a little worried that if the local cafes and restaurants noticed it they might mount another harbour fishing expedition.

We watched it for a couple of minutes, and looking around the harbour it seemed we were the only people who had noticed it. One guy came up to us to ask what we were looking at, but that was all.

I wonder if they are often in the harbour, and we normally didn't see them, or whether this was a bit of a one-off. Either way, it most certainly wasn't a plastic bag, and it was the first time I have ever seen my favourite animal, a turtle, in the wild.

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