Posted by: Aquatic Exposure | December 27, 2012

Christmas en la Playa

So this Christmas things were a little different than what I’ve become accustomed to.  I chose to make my way down to Costa Rica become the New Year so that I could be settled and ready to work for PRETOMA in January.  So far everything is going according to plan; I have my temporary residency as a scientist and am in the process of obtaining my scientific passport through MINAET, I have made it to both of the fishing communities Coyote and Bejuco to be introduced and trained for data collection. With this all done before Christmas I decided to take a trip to a beach. I worked at Playa Caletas in 2007 as a research assistant for a nesting turtle monitoring program.  When I got there I found out that not only would I be spending Christmas on the beach with nesting turtles, but actress Tonya Kay was also there supporting our work!

As usual then heavy 10ft wave beach break was pounding the coastline of Caletas. The hot sun and scorching sand made it tricky to find our way down the beach in search of young coconuts.  After making it back to camp with several in tow, our trusty machete opened one of our many christmas treats.  The refreshing coconut water was well worth the trek.

As the evening progressed we were given another christmas treat when a nest of turtles began to hatch. We were ready and set up with lights and cameras to catch this amazing action unfold.  This event lasted 30 minutes and I am still editing down the footage! Don’t worry I will post the video as soon as I can.

But my final surprise came upon returning to Coyote.  Erick Lopez, the project lead here, had teamed up with a Church group from Cartago to bring Christmas to the fishing villages of Bejuco and Coyote.  With a list of over 200 children’s names we have spent the last two days bringing needed gifts, clothing, and food to the surrounding community.  PRETOMA truly is a grassroots organization that is seeking to improve the day-to-day lives of the community they are a part of.

So proud to have been a small part of Christmas here.

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