What do iguanas and Murphy’s law have in common?

Today was pretty intense here on Little Cayman. After a couple of rainy days and a slow morning, the sun was shining again on Blossom Village and the rest of the island. That was probably the cue for many hatchlings who decided to emerge from their nests.

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Jen “Boss” Moss holding five hatchlings that recently emerged.

Why did I mention Murphy’s Law in the title of this post? Well, the funny thing is that up till a couple of days ago the situation seemed relatively calm. We only had a few “rogue” hatchlings running around. Of course at that time we were 5 in the field: Jen, Tanja, David, Anna and I.

The "Welch Lab" crew posing for a lab photo. The lab logo on the t-shirt has been drawn by Chatu, another member of the lab.
The “Welch Lab” crew posing for a lab photo. The lab logo on the t-shirt has been drawn by Chatu, another member of the lab. (From left: David, Anna, Jen, Tanja, Me)

In the last two days we lost Anna and David. I say “we lost”, but nothing dangerous happened to them. They just had to leave because classes are about to start at Mississippi State University.

Long story short, now is only Jen, Tanja and me. And of course all the hatchlings are coming out. Today we  captured and processed 35 babies from multiple nests. We were able to “close” 2 of the enclosures (meaning that we collected all the hatchlings that were expected to come out of those nests). We still have ~20 nests to go and with only 3 people is going to be pretty intense. But we are pretty bad ass, especially the Boss and Tanja, so we will be fine 🙂

 

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