…or just continue reading, really.
Both old and new friends have asked me to write a post in English, so here goes.
I have now been in Playa Real for ten days, and I still cannot get over how beautiful this place is! I am pretty sure it is the most beautiful place I have ever visited (apart, maybe, from Anfield of course).
The work here is quite tiresome, with hours of walking the beaches at night (from approx 7pm to 1am), which is the main shift. We cover three beaches, but most of the time is spent in Nombre de Jesus, which is the main nesting beach for the turtles.
There are two other shifts as well, in which we participate in one every day.
The «temperature shift» (we measure the temperatures in the turtle nests on the beach) is at 6 am to approx 7:30 am, and again at 2pm to approx 3:30 pm.
If we don’t do temperatures, we participate in the afternoon shift at 3pm (to approx 4:30 or 5pm), which, for me, is the hardest shift. It is hot and we escavate old nests, which means lying in thehot sand and digging, removing egg remains and dead turtle babies from the nests. If we are lucky, we also get to collect live turtle babies, which we bring back to the beach at night and release.
During the night shifts we wait for turtles to come and lay eggs on the beach, then we move the eggs to another nest, which we dig (all digging is done just using our hands, by the way) in a new location, and we also gather information about the turtles to be used in research. We also have to handle lots of tourists who might disturb the turtles and prevent them from laying eggs.
We move eggs to prevent poachers from stealing them (they can get good money for the eggs), and to try and keep most of the nesting in Nombre de Jesus. As you might know, the turtles will come back to same beach in approx 25 years to lay eggs.
About 90% off the eggs are hatched, but only 1 in 1000 turtles will live to be grown up. Each nest has about 60-100 eggs.
Our spare time is used around the house, sleeping or eating, or at the beach. During my stay here, we have been from 7 to 10 volunteers in the house: a few Germans, a Swiss girl, a Spanish girl, some Italians (two of which are chefs, and they made us some great pasta dishes!!), some Costa Ricans and me, «el noruego loco» (not really, but it sounds cool).
I made some friends, and hope to see them all again, and they have all been welcomed to Norway.
Right, well, I am off to measure temperatures, so I will leave you with a few pictures (warning: there might be some strong content) of this fantastic site and some of the fabolous people I’ve met.