Thursday, August 30, 2012

Day 61 - Eggstra Eggstra Read All About It

Date: 8/30/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: Broma - Joke

7am wake up. For breakfast I make pancakes. However this time I make them with White Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix. Unfortunately non of the flavor came out as the pancake batter had a stronger taste. Once upon a time, someone taught me about the art of making art with pancakes. Essentially you draw your outlines, or prominent features first using a spoon dipped in batter (like a pen and ink respectively). After that cooks for about 45 secs, you then add the background and rest of the shape. At first I was a little rusty. However by the end, I was making different species of turtles... is it bad I was excited to eat the turtle pancakes by biting their head off first??

Updates to Clean. This morning I help out Courtney with one of her side projects involving a division of Pretoma - I put my artistic abilities to work via Photoshop. I don't think this will be the last time either. Thats the problem with being so talented - toot toot. (That's me tooting my own horn)

JOKE: Why do cows where bells? (The first person to reply to this joke with the correct answer, via the   comment board below, will WIN a personalized post card from me! GO GO GO)

Lunch. Clean a little more. Run. Lotti stops by the house this afternoon and picks us all up and takes us back to our old stomping grounds - Playa San Miguel. It has been almost a month since I had last been there. Already a month has gone by? That can not be good news. Well, as we arrive through the the barn like doors to the property, I am slightly overwhelmed of all the memories I had here (granted it was only a month ago) as I had been so pre-occupied with the new "baby, I totally forgot that the older sibling existed. 

We are greeted by Maddie with open arms and an unfamiliar face that turns out to be the new German volunteer. There is currently only 2 people at this location and will be this way for the next month. After catching up with one another, we head to the hatchery with latex gloves and start to exhume the nest. 

SIDE-NOTE: July 14, 2012 I was working/living at San Miguel. This was the first night I had arrived and coincidently was the first night we put a nest in the hatchery. We yesterday we got word that this nest had hatched. What the awesome part was is that this nest had a 100% fertility. This means that all of the eggs in this nest made it to be fully developed babies and where able to be released into the ocean. Usually nests in nature only have a fertility rate of 60-80%. Take that mother nature. 

Today we ended up going through 2 nests. We were able to see 3 of the 4 different stages that the eggs are classified in. Lotti explains her "tips and tricks" to all of us on how to identify each stage and the slight differences between each. Although a very smelly process, it is very exciting (in a geeky way) to open up a closed egg and figure out what stage this egg stopped developing and why. Every egg is different and it's sort of like being Sherlock Holmes to figure out why somethings is the way it was. Going through the eggs we end up find an albino Olive Ridely Turtle that was almost fully developed... With that said, almost all albino turtles are deformed and usually never make it to birth. This little guy had a major underbite and ONE EYE - cyclopes. Freaky stuff - Check out the pictures if you can stomach it. 

After it's all said and done, we clean up and head back to Costa De Oro, home sweet home. 

SIDE-NOTE: We are truly spoiled at this house, with a working fridge, an actual stove, inclosed common areas and the fact we live in an actual house, it would be hard to go back to San Miguel, but doable. It could be worse... 

Dinner. updates. Sleep. 

  • There no place like home (that has the amenities a spoiled American is used to)
  • An inflated turtle egg can only mean one thing and it won't smell like roses
  • How easily we forget the past and then quickly remember it, once a thought is triggered. 

Food: Pork chops, green beans, chicken flavored rice and SQUASH MASH! This time I used some coconut cream in there.... yummy. 
Animals: Turtles, Crabs, Birds, Dogs

Something I am thankful for: A Fridge. Things last so much longer, but are also sheltered from bugs and animals. Once you don't have one, you quickly find out how your diet changes and you adapt. People gotta eat!
Something I don't want to admit: I saw Ready's Grave (the San Miguel Dog, that died last week) and was a little sad. No tears.

Total Nest I have saved: 19
Total Nests Poached on my Patrol: 13
Total Turtle Eggs I saved: 2,449
Total Baby Turtles I Released: 40
Days of Rain: 40/57


  1. I guess I am exempt from the joke contest, since I was there when you first heard it and I still tell that joke :-)
    Miss you, love you xoxox

    1. Actually your not... you never know just how well that memory is doing :)