SEA TURTLE BABIES!
TURTLE DREAM ACCOMPLISHED!
We were lucky to make some friends at the art collective we stayed at in Huatulco, Oaxaca who are involved in the conservation efforts of the local marine ecology. They let us tag along and even hop into the water to film and photograph the releasing of TWO HUNDRED BABY SEA TURTLES onto the beach!
Each at their own pace, they scuttled or wandered about, some zipping straight off into the surf, others taking lots of encouragement and almost half an hour to make it to the water. Every one of them was completely upended and tossed about by the waves. It was funny to see them struggling so knowing that, soon, they will be masters of the wave.
I think I felt, for the first time, a little tinge of what it must be like for a mother to watch her silly little ones fumbling off into the world with their assortment of under and over-developed limbs all flailing about, getting tossed and turned, about to begin a perilous century-long journey whose end no one can know. (HI, MOM. LOVE YOU. WE ALL LOVE OUR MOMS. AND EACH OTHER’S MOMS.)
I’ll stop now and let the pictures do the talking.
(Photos by Thomas Allison & Ricardo Palomares)