Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Day 116 - Luck of the Green Germans

Date: 10/24/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: rastrear - track
Turtle Fact: The baby sea turtles emerge from the eggs and scramble towards the water. They never get to interact with their parents.

Wake up 4am (in my own bed, covered with Courtney's new blanket). I bike the beach heading north and south. I find one nest poached and another was a false crawl. The third track I came upon... I could not find the eggs. I combination with a crazy track path, lots of rain and a high tide, I was unable to use my professional turtle tracking skills to locate them. Lets hope luck and mother nature does them well!

On the south side I also found a large dead Mantaray that was being picked over by turkey vulchers on the beach. Fun.

Back at the hatchery, I run into Linda (our neighbor) and catch up on life and she informs me in a book I should read called Wild (foreshadow). We also dicuss the ungodly amount of plastic that can be found on the beach and how Courtney is currently inspired to make a mosaic for the town of Coyote or the "Eco Fest" Pretoma is sponsoring in the beginning of December. More on this later.

Inside the house I make rice pudding (with apples and dried dates) for breakfast. The rest of my morning is filled with updating HT journals and painting coconuts. Lunch (leftovers)

For dinner we had all talked about making coconut curry noodles. So in preparation I gather big yellow coconuts (which are easily found as I have been gathering this type from our neighbors John and Linda's property as they have been de-nutting their coconut trees) and gather the young meat from coconuts for later that evening. After this I finish painting all the coconuts (finally) I decide to get my sweat on; fill hatchery holes and go for a run.

Dinner. Siesta. Patrol. 11:30pm, Julia, Shantal (Germans) and I head out for patrol. Thinking the rain had subsided for the night (wrong) I leave the house sin rain jacket. We walk north along the beach and about half way down, come across our first track. YES. It actually has been a while since I had been on a patrol where is looked promising that I would find turtle eggs or even a turtle. Usually the morning bike patrols are a backup to ensure we didn't miss anything on the night prior patrol. It was very exciting to get back into the action and NOT spend the night in the hatchery (which Kayla and Courtney would take over for the night).

Going through the process of finding the nest, gathering the eggs and measurements, I coach the newbies on the entire process. Luckily they got lots of practice this night as there was 3 more nests we came across with a total of 370 eggs we brought back to the hatchery. Keeping in mind it had been steadily raining on us for since 20 mins into our patrol, I offer to make them Kettle Corn when we get back to house as source of inspiration to walk fast back to the house as by this point we were on patrol for almost 4 hours!

3am sleep.

Lesson: Nature is random - or at least to us humans

Food: Coconut Asian Noodles. Coconut milk, soy sauce and sauteed veggies along with boiled chicken seasoned noodles.

Animals: Crabs, Dogs, Birds, Mosquitoes, Turtle Eggs

Something I am thankful for: Not melting in the rain
Something I don't want to admit: I forgot the curry. The whole day we had been talking about coconut curry noodles for dinner. Halfway through eating our dinner I noticed I forgot one of the most important ingredients in the recipe, the curry. However, no one said anything until I mentioned it... which I am discounting as just a good meal sin curry

Total Nest I have saved:  45
Total Nests Poached on my Patrol: 44
Total Turtle Eggs I saved: 5102
Total Baby Turtles I Released: 955
Days of Rain: 75/112

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