SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise by Gary Davis – plumitapacifica.com

16 Feb

chapter 27 continued

So in an effort to keep turtles from going extinct, which appears to be imminent for several varieties, there are groups of volunteers that also patrol the beaches of Costa Rica.  When they find a nest they dig the eggs up and transport them to a protected area and re-bury them.  Interestingly, all the eggs hatch usually about the same time and the volunteer’s then take the little baby turtles down to the wet sand at night and release them.  Night time is the preferred release time because there are fewer predators around, like birds for which baby turtles make a juicy meal.

I’ve had the pleasure of participating in that ceremony also, as you read in the beginning of this entry.  That occurred the very first month I lived here which was also January, as it is now.

As luck would have it, just as our turtle was completing the process of covering her eggs, three of those volunteers came along.  They were equipped properly and began searching for the eggs.  It was interesting to note that it wasn’t as easy as you might think.  Yes, they certainly knew the general area where the eggs were because we were standing around it.  But they were being extremely careful not to squish any of the eggs, so it wasn’t just a simple matter of scooping into the sand indiscriminately. 

They were very gingerly probing with a stick to locate each individual egg before gently removing it from its sandy incubator and placing it in their bag. 

They then transport the eggs to an enclosed area about 500 meters south of me that was constructed for the specific purpose of being a turtle hatchery.  It’s right next to bar Junquillal.  Have some beers, hold and release a baby turtle if your timing is good.

In a few weeks there will be another group of baby’s heading out to sea.  

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