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First Steps: A Pilgrimage across the Sand

First Steps: A Pilgrimage across the Sand

Author: Kristen Sawyer National Geographic Student Expeditions Trip Leader, Costa Rica Community Service It all started with a baby turtle. I had never before held a baby turtle in my hands, its tiny fins pulling across my skin, as if it was churning up its own energy to embark on the longest journey of its short life thus far— surviving the sand, the threats of the water, and fighting for its right to live. I found myself here, on Playa…

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DAP the inspiring Carey Sea Turtle

DAP the inspiring Carey Sea Turtle

What a perfect ending today for the kid’s team “los Protectores del Medio Ambiente”. After 3 months studying the sea turtles of Punta Descartes, today was the last class for the kids. After the class we started the topic of responsible fishing at Manzanillo Beach. Suddenly, one of our researchers, Damien of Jobo community came out of the water with a juvenile Carey Turtle. A  short moment later, they were identifying, measuring and tagging our new friend: DPA (Damien and…

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Cleaning up Copal Beach: one more step towards Sea turtle conservation

Cleaning up Copal Beach: one more step towards Sea turtle conservation

Sea turtle conservation is an everyday task. Today, we went at Copal Beach with two future turtle biologist. They are part of the kids group Los Protectores del Medio Ambiente. The mission today was designing and creating wood board signs. The signs inform the public “Please do not release a sea turtle tangled on a fishing line or having an hook on its mouth, call …. or seek Mati for assistance” . Please do not release a sea turtle tangled…

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Tiempo de limpieza de Playa Manzanillo!

Tiempo de limpieza de Playa Manzanillo!

Una vez por semana vamos a limpiar Playa Manzanillo o Playa el Jobo y sus arrecifes. Esta accion consiste en recoger todos los desechos grandes o pequeños. Es difícil imaginar la diversidad de desechos que se encuentran en las playas o sus aguas. En ocaciones nos encontramos refrigeradoras o partes de ellas como puertas que los niños usan como tabla de boogy y dejan botadas en las playas. El día de hoy limpiamos Playa Manzanillo con los Protectores del Ambiente;…

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