Where Have All The Turtles Gone?

This is a cause worth supporting; I tried to vote, but the form won’t accept Canadian Postal Codes. Pommepal says it won’t accept her Aussie code either. However, if you live in the USA, you should be able to vote with no problem. Voting is open to 13 December 2013.

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I first met Ingrid Yañez at Playa San Miguel Costa Rica when she was in charge of the sea turtle project for Pretoma, an organization dedicated to protecting sharks and sea turtles.   After few years later,  work took her elsewhere, but we have stayed in touch.  I sometimes lob updates to her about my sea turtle encounters, and she shares news about her efforts (with her husband Alex Gaos) in saving the rapidly-declining populations of sea turtles.  They are presently working diligently in conservation for the highly-endangered hawksbill turtles. (ICAPO)

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Their enthusiasm is infectious about recent discoveries: “Prior to 2007 hawksbills were thought to be essentially extinct in the eastern Pacific…they have been documented using cryptic nesting sites, often located inside estuaries, where they come ashore behind stands of mangroves to deposit their eggs.  They also use these in-land mangrove waterways to forage. “

Eureka! Mangroves?!!! Could that have been…

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10 thoughts on “Where Have All The Turtles Gone?

  1. Thanks so much! I was traveling all day yesterday and will write Ingrid now and pass along the info. Every vote helps them reach their goal of winning. z

    Ingrid wrote back and said :”If you live outside the US you can use any zip code (e.g., 90071, 90023), which is simply a sequence of five numbers used to located addresses. We are telling people to put a USA zip code that they know from a family or friend living in USA, or use ours that is 92104.”

  2. The turtles get eaten and their eggs are plundered and their seas are polluted and life is tough for the poor turtles…the things that we humans do to our earth and its other inhabitants are starting to come back and bite us as a species…hopefully it’s not too late to turn some of what we have done around and save at least one species in the process 😦

      • Every little bit helps. I just voted successfully. I think some will be spared, and those who are currently creating eco-friendly homesteads, hugelkulturing, growing their own, etc., have the best chance of all; they are also most likely to create a new culture with more caring and less greed. My opinion, of course . . . ~ Linne

    • So true, Narf7! I hate to think that 400 years ago this continent was a paradise; even 200 years ago there was still plenty of fish, game, plants, lumber (timber) and all . . . what a triumph of the so-called ‘superior civilizations’, eh? When Euros first came to our eastern shores, they could let down a basket in the sea off the mouth of the St. Lawrence and pull it up immediately filled with fish. Now the fisheries out there have gone pretty much bust . . . Makes me so sad . . . 😦

      Sometimes I think that if only one species were to go extinct, the rest would have the chance to survive and thrive . . . bet you know which species I’m thinking of . . .

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to reading your comments. ~ Linne

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