A day in the life of X-Ray 4
06:00: Everyone gathers in our camp kitchen for breakfast, fuelling up for the hard day's work ahead of us.
07:00: We make our way from camp to the rangers' station which is a short walk away. Our charismatic maestro Don Marco and the other rangers have kept us very amused by communicating in Spanglish. Our mornign work has involved building a barrier between the beach and hatchery to protect from high tide and tsunamis, improving the road leading the rangers' station and smartening up the wildlife refuge.
11:00: Before the afternoon heat sets in, we return to camp for lunch. The middle of afternoon is spent resting, recouping our energy and playing cards with the rangers.
15:00: We make our way back to the rangers' station for some more work clearing the paths to the beach by removing driftwood that has been washed to shore. The afternoons are also spent in the hatchery excavating the new-born turtles from their nests. it's an incredible feeling to pull each turtle out and then release them in to the sea.
17:00: Dinner time! Our group has been blessed with some awesome chefs that have treated us to delicious gallo pinto and empenadas with soya mince and beans. Perfect meals to keep us all going for the night shifts.
20:00 - 05:00: Hatchery
Two people start the first hatchery shift at 20:00 - 00:30 and then swap with the second shift who do 00:30 -05:00. Every 30 minutes we check certains nests to see if any turtles have hatched. If they have, we count and collect them and bring them back to the rangers' station. If the turtles are very active and the tide is low we can release them into the ocean. The turtles are placed in a line about 10 metres away from the water and we watch them take their first steps in life.
22:00 - 05:00: Patrols
The patrol timings vary depending on the tide but usually patrol 1 starts at 22:00 and patrol 2 sets off at 03:00 for either a 7km and 14km distance with one of the rangers. We walk along the beach in the moonlight searching for turtle trails that lead to a nest to uncover eggs that have been laid. If we;re lucky we can catch the turtles laying their eggs or making their nests and then watch them silently make their way back to the sea. We collect the eggs which can way up to 7kg and continue our patrol. Initially we thought patrol would be a leisurely walk along the beach but we soon had to get used to the fast pace set by ranger Jonny.
It has been fantastic time so far in Playa Hermosa. working with the turtles and living in our beach camp has been incredible. Our body clocks are slowly getting used to the challenging but rewarding night shifts!
And now some thoughts (in Spanish) from fellow blogger Flor.
Qué hay en el misterio de la vida?
Qué hay en la vida de cada ser humano que le hace tan importante and especial?
Qué hace que todo se mueva?
Eschuchar el mar, sentirlo tan vivo, alegre y fuerte; pensar que dentro de él existen milliones de seres los cuales no conocemos y que forman parte importante en el ciclo diario de la vida.
Cada vez que salimos a patrollar es tan interesante caminar y sentir la naturaleza, ver cuando las tortugas salen a desobar y dar inicio a un nuveo ciclo de vida. Pesnar que somos parecidas: naceoms, crecemos, nos reproducimos and morimos, pero nosotros tenemos el poder de la decisión, depende de cada uno darle sentido a la vida y marcar la diferencia, dejando huella en otros corazones, transformando vidas, asi que: sea bueno o malo nuestro dia, siempre trae buenas razones para cantar y reìr.
Pienso que en los momentos de adversidad siempre hay que tener una visión emprendedora, y si nos vemos frente a un abismop, dar un paso atras, razonar que estamos haciendo y buscar un nuevo horizonte, no ver el cielo gris que nos rodea, si no, agregarle estrellas y pintarlo de colores, al final despues de todo los obstaculos son solo para probar el guerrero que tenemos dentro.
Exitos en tu vida, vievela y no dejes que nadie, nunca te diga como, cada quien anda a su paso, lento o rapido. Buena suerte! Camina como te de la gana, claro siempre es bueno escuchar consejos, y toma nota de tus experiencias, para no cometer el mismo error dos veces. Buena suerte y brilla brilla!
|One of the friendly locals...don;t worry they keep their ditance!|
|PM Ken joins the team after a spell in fieldbase.|
|The team is called X-Ray in case you weren't sure!|