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Turtle rescue

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The Christmas holiday was spectacular this year. We finally managed to make a dream come true.
Tamarindo, Costa Rica is a tiny place but very significant to the world. The beautiful beach of Playa Grande hides a secret. A few scant centimetres below the surface, clutches of white spheres spend two months developing into courageous hatchlings.
At night when the sunbathers and surfers have gone home the national marine park closes and the tiny turtles work as a team to break through into the moonlight. Phase one of their struggle is over but phase two involves the marathon journey towards the water.
Surface and marine predators are waiting at all stages of the journey. But if the conditions are right fewer than one in a hundred will return years later to lay their own eggs on the beach.
At Christmas we supported this effort as earthwatch volunteers.
We monitored the nests of Leatherbacks and excavated nests to support the work of the Leatherback trust
It was a trip of a lifetime for us which we would love to repeat but unfortunately no one knows whether the turtles will return.

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8 comments on “Turtle rescue

  1. lizard100
    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on Green Lizard's Blog.

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  2. lindaswildlifegarden
    February 10, 2014

    managed to open this one supper post thank you for sharing

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    • lizard100
      February 10, 2014

      Thanks Linda, I’ve coincidentally been writing the next turtle one. I’ve scheduled it for next week. It was an incredible trip!

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    • lizard100
      February 10, 2014

      I’ve checked and it is the scheduling. Very odd. It definitely has a mind of its own.

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  3. disappearingwoman
    February 15, 2014

    This is wonderful! What an amazing dream to follow!

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