We had a day out today on some borrowed kayaks and crossed from Middle Caicos to East Bay Cay (off North Caicos) via a few other small islands. The wildlife highlight of the day was coming across some of the Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas. They are the largest native land animal on the islands and at only about 70cm long not particularly big. They face huge problems from land development and from introduced domestic animals, particularly cats and dogs. They have gone from the main inhabited islands but still remain in some of the unpopulated cays, such as East Bay Cay. With a population of about 50 000 they are still vulnerable to local extinctions.
Other wildlife from the day’s trip included distant views of flamingoes, occasional passing fish and a blue crab scuttling through the shallow waters. One or two birds sprang out of sight in the mangroves and an osprey flew overhead but we failed to spot any turtles.