Back to our base around Laganas, we walked around the small harbour area every day looking for Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta). We were lucky enough to see a few of these magnificent creatures swimming around the harbour. Please click on this link to see a short video of one. We were also lucky to see several Kingfishers chasing each other around the harbour and particularly around this rocky outcrop which seemed to be their home.Close by this rock was the small island of Agios Sostis and the wooden walkway across to it from where you could see many colourful fish and hundreds of black, spiky sea urchins.Walking 'the other way' from where we were staying, we came to Kalamaki beach. This beach is a protected environment where the turtles lay their eggs. Again we were very fortunate and actually got to see a few hatchling turtles making their way to the sea. I probably shouldn't have done it but one of the tiny, exhausted little hatchlings was finding it impossible to get past the breaking waves and into calmer water, so I picked it up and waded out beyond the breakers to give it a 'helping hand'. Well, I couldn't see the poor thing struggling could I?
The cliffs were made of several different rocks and a large amount of what looked like alabaster crystals which sparkled in the sunshine.Atop the cliffs was an old look-out post which had seen better days and looked about ready to fall on the sunbathers below. Given that frequent earthquakes rock the island it is amazing that it's still there at all!