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Help me to help turtles in Costa Rica
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Dear Friends and Family,
Most of you that know me well know that I am quite unpredictable! Call it a mid life crisis and a crazy idea but I have decided to make a difference and help turtles in Costa Rica. To achieve this I need your help. I need ...
Dear Friends and Family,
Most of you that know me well know that I am quite unpredictable! Call it a mid life crisis and a crazy idea but I have decided to make a difference and help turtles in Costa Rica. To achieve this I need your help. I need around 2000 euro between the cost of the project and the cost of getting over there.
I have decided to volunteer with WIDECAST Costa Rica, who are looking for new volunteers for their sea turtles conservation projects on the Pacific (In-water studies and daily surveys) and the Caribbean (beach projects) coastline in the upcoming season 2013. They are especially looking for volunteers working in their Osa In-water project, because they have a lot of work at hand treating sick sea turtles and the mangrove reforestation.
It is based in Peninsula de Osa - In-water studies:
This project is located a little bit in the north of Puerto Jimenez on Playa Blanca. This project combines boat trips to conduct In-water studies, a rescue center for sea turtles, a mangrove reforestation project and a support of the local blue flag group. This generates a lot of different duties: beach cleaning, reforestation work, helping in the rescue center and, twice a week, there will be boat trips to conduct research on the in-water sea turtle population. Project staff and volunteers go with our boat to our capture site and use a net to catch sea turtles, mostly Green Sea Turtles. If we catch one, we take them into the boat and take various samples:
- Blood samples to analyze the physical condition of the sea turtle and to look for differences in the females between nesting and feeding period.
- Tissue samples to examine the mitochondrial DNA to reconstruct the lineage of the females.
- Mucus samples from the eyes, the nose and the cloaca to scan for microscopic parasites.
We also collect data recording the size of the carapace and tag them with metal tags in case the sea turtle doesn't have any tag, before we release them again.

Sounds a bit crazy I know but since meeting lovely sea turtles in Tenerife and diving with them I have decided that I need to do everything in my power to make sure that they still will be here when my daughter Sophie is old enough to see them.
Please help with donations !!! Any donations no matter how small count!
Help me to help the turtles!!!!
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