64 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON
quite rested we set out on our return, again keeping close to the river, and eventually we came down to the sea-shore.
' Our dogs immediately began to catch crabs, which they drew with their paws to the shore as the waves washed them up, and then ate with every sign of pleasure. I now understood how it was they had not been hungry at lunch-time, and was pleased to think that they could provide for themselves.
' Ernest, who had wandered ahead by himself, now gave a shout, saying he had found some " turtles' eggs."
' They were partly buried in the sand, but Flora had directed his attention to them by scratching at them. Altogether we collected about two dozen of them, which we placed in our provision bags.
' Just then we saw your sail, and hurried on so as to meet you when you landed.'
The thing which had particularly struck me in this interesting account was the discovery of the great trees.
' And you think we could set up a tent in one of those giant trees at a great height from the ground!' I cried. ' And how are we to get up and down ?'