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sea turtle hatchlings on their epic journey to the sea

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Uploaded on Nov 28, 2010

it is rare to glimpse a clutch of sea turtle hatchlings hatching during daylight hours for their mad dash to the sea.
usually they hatch in pre-dawn hours [2 or 3 am], to give them more time to get past the challenging obstacles such as driftwood and human garbage blocking their trajectory to the sea,
pre-dawn treks also minimize the dangers of natural predators such as vultures, sea gulls, raccoons, possums, even coyotes.

what a delight for these rainsong volunteers to be witness to this epic natural adventure !
these are OLIVE RIDLEY sea turtle hatchlings, hatching from one of PRETOMA's hatcheries.
RAINSONG works very closely with PRETOMA in sea turtle protection activities.
we cooperate together to protect the sea turtles, dolphins, whales, and all other sealife in our region of costa rica.
approximately ONLY ONE IN ONE THOUSAND olive ridley hatchlings survive to reach reproduction age, 8 years old.
for leatherbacks the ratio is much much less...
ONE IN TEN THOUSAND LEATHERBACK HATCHLINGS survive to reach reproduction age of 15 years old.
in costa rica the human nestrobbing of sea turtle eggs is 100% on most of both of cr's coastlines.
there are only a very few beaches that are patrolled and protected by NGO organizations like RAINSONG & PRETOMA.
sea turtle conservationists endure many dangers in their efforts to save the sea turtles that nest on costa rican beaches, crossing rivers at night, and often engaging in constructive dialogue with nestrobbers.
environmental criminals can become very violent and threatening when approached even in a passive/ resistance mode.
RAINSONG continues an active CONSERVATION EDUCATION program in the local schools and organizes community outreaches [ town meetings] to educate the older generations regarding new stricter laws protecting sea turtles, and their nests.
sea turtle population reduction on 99% of costa rica's beaches is a frightening 90% .
THAT IS EXTINCTION LEVEL.
SEA TURTLES IN COSTA RICA WILL BE GONE VERY SOON IF WE DON'T DO SOMETHING TO SAVE THEM RIGHT NOW !!!
contact me if you would like to help us in our efforts to save the sea turtles:
rainsongwildlifesanctuary@gmail.com
love & light, and keep up the fight !
mary at rainsong

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