Monday, November 5, 2012

Day 128 - Black Bags

Date: 11/5/12

Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: Folds - Bag

Turtle Fact: Sea turtles are very timid creatures, and they don’t do well with stress. Not being able to find enough to eat will be stressful for them. The lack of food can be due to the climate change because of the rippling effect. For example as the waters get too warm many of the plants and animals that they consume for food won’t be as plentiful. Then they have to slow down their metabolism and not eat or they have to leave their natural habitat to find food.

Wake up 5:30am in the hammock, very uncomfortable. Move into the house to get some actual sleep.

Wake up 9am and grab a bowl of cereal with some oats, vanilla extract and banana. Rake beach.

Mosaic. Pick up piles on beach. Finish mosaic!

This morning is the day that I start the process of transplanting the mangroves I have been growing for a couple of months! In the beginning of my journey in Costa I had spent some time with Widecast in the Osa Peninsula. One of their main focuses was mangrove reforestation. They taught me the process and importance of planting mangrove forests along the coast. So knowing this information, I had taken it upon myself to start my own little mangrove project here in Costa De Oro. Finally my project has come to fruition - literately. With all that said, I moved several small mangrove plants into small, black, perforated, plastic bags. Here, these plants will continue to grow and create a large root system in the bag which will give it a head start when it is finally planted along the coast.

Lunch (leftovers). Another German (but found out she is actually French, but speaks all 3 languages), Estelle, joins our Casa. Siesta.

I test out a couple new crafty ideas using beach finds. I will still tinker with some ideas till I find something I am content with.
Dig out hatchery. Run. Find young dead turtle (most likely a green/black sea turtle - not olive ridely) on the beach. What was interesting with this find, was the fact that someone had clearly cut off the shell. Most likely a fisherman caught this turtle, cut off the shell and through it overboard only to wash up on our beach. Sad.

Dinner. Germans made meatballs, carrots w/ onions, salad and plantain chips.

Update Hammock. Netflix....all night. After several attempts to sleep, my body was just not having it.

Lesson: Internet is king.
Food: Stale bread with melted cheese.
Animals: Dogs, Birds, Turtle (dead), spiders, mosquitos, crabs

Something I am thankful for: Mindless entertainment
Something I don't want to admit: For as much as I like planning for the future, I can't right now. Plus the end of the world is coming in December anyways. ,we hats the point !

(Hatchery Patrol)
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: 81/123

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