After our 9 day stay at Carara National Park, we thanked the rangers with a farewell party and were off to the much anticipated Playa Hermossa. Once we arrived, we were greeted by Romeo 3 who gave us the run down about the beach and what they had done.
Though our excitement wasn’t mirrored by the beach rangers, because they thought we were here to mess around on the beach, we quickly won them over with our work ethic. On our first day of work, we mixed cement and helped build the roof to the volunteer and tourist toilets. Then we reconstructed a damn to the turtle hatchery to protect it from flooding.
On the following day, we watched newly hatched turtles crawl along the beach to the water. This was a very special experience for all of Romeo 4 - during which we were betting our day's snacks on which turtle would win the race to the water!
We also made the biggest long drop known to Raleigh history – which we named the pit. However little did we knew that the occasional flooding from storms, would affect the long drop and we discovered unfortunately that some objects float...!
We also met two American travellers who came to see the turtles and after our conversation with them, we inspired them to accompany us on our night patrol. Whilst on patrol we explained to them about what we were doing on Raleigh. They had a lot of questions and we had a lot of answers and thanks to our lessons on sustainable development, they were so impressed that to our surprise we were greeted by them the next day bearing gifts of food ,snacks and juice, much to our excitement.
We are currently on a day off but from tomorrow, we will continue our work and enjoy our time here at the beach and hopefully save more turtles.