Posted on November 18, 2014 by angela
Aside from the turtles, we’ve pretty much had this beach to ourselves for last couple months. Now that high-season is about to kick in, we’re getting ready to leave it to the crowds and hit the road.
Even with all the new neighbors arriving, there still seem to be more more dogs on the playa than humans.
Note to dog owners who think that their dog would never eat a baby turtle: Yes, it will.
Posted on November 16, 2014 by angela
Down a dusty road in what seems like the middle of nowhere lies one of the best damn restaurants ever.
Our interest in rammed-earth architecture is what originally what drew us to this spot, but we were just as curious about the food after hearing about a farm-to-table restaurant outside of El Pescadero. The owners are friends of friends, who were able to rebuild after the hurricane – and more importantly – offer a diverse menu made from stuff grown on-site.
Jason discovered a new oil leak in the parking lot, but we were able to get his mind off of it with the excellent food. We even got Bob to eat a vegetarian dish, carrot ravioli in pesto, which he loved.
Posted on November 12, 2014 by angela
Due to the hurricane, we’re now in a two-week lull for tortugita hatching. That’s how long it took to get the tortuguero back up and running and send out the nightly egg patrol. We encouraged Bob to do some last-minute schedule-shuffling and he managed to get here on the last night before the long break.
As promised, Señor Bode gave Bob the facilities tour and a few pointers on digging up the little guys.
Only two nests to dig up this night, and a few tourists showed up for the liberación.
Sunsets on the beach. Baby turtle releases. It’s all part of the tour package.
Posted on September 25, 2014 by angela
It was our first evening at the casita and we walked to the beach to catch a phenomenal sunset. We thoroughly lucked out in that there was a turtle sanctuary right across the sand dunes. This was the first night of the turtle release. I explained that we would like to help, and they told us to come back the next evening. We did, and we kept coming nearly every night.
Grupo Tortuguero de Todos Santos A.C. is a family-run labor of love. Enedino (dad) has been collecting eggs and releasing turtles for 15 years. He’s a science teacher, and veterinarian. His son, Dario just got his degree in Marine Biology.
With no regular funding, these guys completely rely on donations. The sanctuary must be moved each year to another location on the beach. The shelter is rudimentary, and a few more posts and shading only goes up when they get a donation.
But, every night from about 2 in the morning til 7 a.m., Endino, Dario or one of a handful of other volunteers search the beaches on a 4-wheeler and bring back the nests. The eggs are carefully counted, buried and information recorded on wooden markers that stick up out of the sand.
Exactly 45 days later, the eggs hatch. Before sunset, we arrive and dig up the nests, sorting baby turtles into those that have hatched, those that are still hatching, the dead, and the eggs that won’t hatch. Everything is recorded and then the little guys are set free near the ocean. The get tumbled and turned over, and usually pushed back several meters by the big waves before finally making it into the sea and swimming away. Then, we work on the structure until dark.
Each morning, I go back at 8 and 10 and check for turtles that have surfaced from their nests on their own and release them.
Occasionally, there are some tourists that come to watch and help with the release. I love seeing the joy in their faces as it reminds me of the first night I volunteered.
Baby turtles and sunsets on the beach. Not too shabby.
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