After a crazy week in Geraldton, we packed up again and headed south to Bunbury. A quick detour in Perth was necessary to trade in the tiny rental car for our recuperated ute. The luxuries of air conditioning, a USB/auxiliary cable port, and the ability to fit in compact parking spaces was nice for a bit, but we did miss the dusty charm and character of the Turtle Wagon.
We arrived in Bunbury after dark and were greeted with a foreign sensation: wind chill. As sea turtle researchers, and after working at Gnaraloo, we effortlessly adapted to life in shorts and flip flops – the concept of packing layers with a change in latitude escaped some of us. We settled in at our accommodation and prepared ourselves for two full on days of presentations.
With such a short stop down south, we split the Turtle Team in two and conquered our school schedule, visiting Australind High School, Bunbury Senior High School, Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School, Newton Moore Senior High School, Manea Senior College, and Dardanup Primary School.
We wish we had more time to explore this beautiful seaside town, but we would like to thank our Bunbury schools for inviting us to speak about sea turtles and conservation!
– Kimberly Nielsen (GTCP 2015/16 Scientific Intern)