The greatest danger – and how to face it
The fact that we human beings are next to ghost crabs, ants, and birds one of the worst loggerheads predators made me realize something needs to change. I, therefore, applied for a long-term internship at Lacacão beach and was more than overwhelmed when I started my journey in July 2017.
It meant 10 weeks full of environmental education, night patrols, morning census and hatchery work. Because I was there for over 8 weeks I was able to become a patrol leader and show short-term volunteers the necessary work. This usually included tracking all the activities on the beach, measuring the turtle’s shell in length and width, and if females were encountered laying eggs they were tagged to able to identify them in the future. Chips and metal taggs were punched in their flippers, DNA samples were taken, and if necessary, the nests were relocated to a quieter and better protected beach… All that was done during night time. By relocation, the eggs and the baby turtles will have a higher chance to develop and to hatch, and make their way to the ocean, which is, in fact, the biggest obstacle in their first two weeks. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience to see how the relocated eggs were put into a new nest around 55 days before the first hatchlings made their appearance. It is something that cannot be explained but only seen with your own eyes, showing the full process of Mother Nature’s power.