Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Day 151 - Last Night Patrol

Date: 11/28/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: Bom Bom - Cute Girl (Slang)
Turtle Fact: Mature females nest every two to five years and lay eggs one to three times the years that they nest.

Wake up 6am. Morning patrol. I bike to the north and south only to find two poached nests to the south. Looking back, it seems that all the turtles have been coming up in the far north of far south. This might be due to the tides "pushing" turtles to either end, but without instruments in the ocean, I have no idea.

Breakfast (Chocolate Pancakes). updates. Lunch (personal pizzas). Arts and crafts. Fill hatchery holes. Exhume nests and release turtles we found in the nest and a couple that came up late in the morning. Shower. Cook. Dinner (jambalaya). Siesta.

Patrol. Tonight will be my last patrol, walking the beach and looking for mommy turtles walking up the beach, laying her eggs and returning back to the ocean. I walk to the north of Lars (German volunteer). Hoping that it was going to be randomly busy night, we return back to the house with an empty backpack and heavy heart. Thinking about it, I actually ended my encounter with a momma turtle on a good note. About a week ago, I was walking alone to the south when I came up upon a female turtle as she was finishing laying her eggs. Other than counting the eggs I was able to go through the whole motion. Just me and the turtle. No video, no cameras no additional people. Connecting one on one with mother nature and sole purpose of coming to Costa Rica. Helping Turtles.


Lesson:You never know when it's going to be your last...

Food: Personal Pizza - Courtney had prepared some beer bread dough earlier in the day in preparing for our lunch. Topped with cheese, peppers, onions and BACON!
Animals: Dogs, Birds, Spiders, Flies, Ants, Crabs, Mosquitoes, Baby Turtles.

Something I am thankful for: Taking long walks along the beach
Something I don't want to admit: This is one of the first times I felt sad for the project coming to an end.

Total Nest I have saved: 48
Total Nests Poached on my Patrol: 60
Total Turtle Eggs I saved: 5102
Total Baby Turtles I Released: 1,462
Days of Rain: 88/147 - No rain but I could see lightning in the distance.

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