Friday, November 23, 2012

Day 146 - Black Viernes

Date: 11/23/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: viernes negro
Turtle Fact:The deep green Sea Turtle is killed because of its beautiful skin. The Hawksbill Sea Turtle is killed for products like shells, leather, perfumes, and cosmetics. They are sold for high prices, up to $250 a kilogram! This is a major factor and is killing many Hawksbills.

Wake up 6am. Morning check the entire beach on bike. I come across two new tracks that had not been seen by the patrol last night as these turtles came early this morning. Unfortunately both these nests were poached. In fact both nests where poached by the poacher who leaves one egg in the nest whole... sick individual.

Breakfast (oatmeal) and make a re-supply of my mid-day oatmeal snack. Cleanup backyard. Arts and crafts. Lunch (leftovers). I spend the rest of my afternoon cycling through arts and crafts, digging out the hatchery and jumping in the ocean to cool off. I give myself about a half an hour on each project before moving on - so effective, physically and mentally.

5pm we release a set of babies (10x) to the ocean. Dinner (comeda tipica). Updates to HT.com, Nature:30.

Sleep.

Lesson: Without imagination, you live in the moment. With imagination, you live in the future.

Food: Rice, Beans and Chorizo - Costa Rica typical food
 
Animals: Dogs, Birds, Spiders, Flies, Ants, Crabs, Mosquitoes

Something I am thankful for: Being able to turn something into nothing.
Something I don't want to admit: I miss getting up in the wee hours of the morning, just to sit miserably in line for a chance to get an xmas present for a loved one, only to save $20.

Total Nest I have saved: 48
Total Nests Poached on my Patrol:48
Total Turtle Eggs I saved: 5102
Total Baby Turtles I Released: 1,120
Days of Rain: 87/142

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