In the past week we’ve built a mud pit, entertained a group of nearly 30 kids for a day, visited Corcovado National Park, watched whales from shore, and I got bitten by a turtle. When I mention hazards of the job, I’m not entirely sure if I’m talking about the turtle bite or how spoilt I have become about seeing incredible wildlife.
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We had a record-setting week, with the busiest ocean day yet, but otherwise it’s been fairly relaxed with a small opportunity to stretch some mental muscles that I have enjoyed, and now I am sat in a hotel in Puerto Jiminez with hot water, (admittedly a bit rubbish) wifi, and a tour to Corcovado National Park booked for tomorrow!
Continue reading “LAST Week Six: An Abundance of Turtles”
As strange as it is, I am already halfway through my time with LAST. It is getting quieter as it becomes the low season here, but we have still had plenty turtles this week. The low volunteer numbers also mean it is time to do some seagrass sampling soon, which I’m excited about.
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So I’ve been here for a month now, and as usual the time has flown by and is only getting faster, with just another six weeks to go on the project, which means I’m halfway through my total time in Costa Rica.
Continue reading “LAST Week Four: Finding Our Rhythm”
For most of this week, we haven’t had any volunteers, which is an interesting change of pace but in some ways a necessary one to catch up after a hectic first fortnight. I’ve enjoyed having time and space to sort myself out and get to grips with things better, but am now feeling ready to welcome the next volunteer who is arriving in a few days.
Continue reading “LAST Week Three: Whale Watching and the Blue Flag”
The second week started with our first zero turtle day. I’ll try not to complain too much about a day sitting on a beach in Costa Rica, but it is frustrating! There was only one volunteer with us and I felt quite bad for her, but she’s here a while longer so hopefully she’ll have plenty opportunities. On the boat journey back we saw a pod of dolphins playing very close to us, which made up for it as far as I’m concerned.
Continue reading “LAST Week Two: Another Day in Paradise”
Yesterday marked the end of my first week at the Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST) Osa project. I’ve already learned a lot and have a much better idea of what the next nine weeks of my life are going to look like!
Continue reading “LAST Week One: In At The Deep End”
In a couple of days I start my new position as a research assistant for Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST) on their Osa project, so watch this space for loads of info about that. I’m definitely not the all-work-no-play type, so I’ve begun my trip to Costa Rica with two weeks of travelling in the north-west of the country.
Costa Rica takes conservation and wildlife extremely seriously, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to have incredible guilt-free encounters with so much of the wildlife here.
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I’m sure when the Customs agent in Costa Rica asked what my occupation was, he wasn’t expecting me to freeze in much the same way you do when a distant relative asks you what you want to do with your life, stammering “I’m not- I don’t-“, oh dear. Later in the taxi, the driver asked if I was a biologist, and I said yes because my Spanish isn’t up to explaining the complexities of that situation.
Continue reading “Cual es tu profesión? Arrival in Costa Rica, and imposter syndrome”
My second article for The Conservation Project International is up on their website – it touches on the plight of Goliath groupers but goes into greater depth on the less publicised damage being done to their cousins, the calico groupers. I talk about recreational and commercial overfishing of slow growing threatened species, bycatch, and briefly touch on the need for people from a diversity of professional backgrounds in marine conservation.