There was a flurry of activity at the Plaza Tierra Pacifica veterinary office last Friday surrounding an injured female Olive Ridley sea turtle. The turtle, perhaps injured when she swam ashore to lay her 80-100 eggs, attracted some unwanted attention from nearby dogs. A local volunteer from the Junquillal turtle project found her on the beach and brought the injured animal to the vet’s office, in the hopes that they could treat her wounds.
After initial treatment in Junquillal, advocates discussed transporting the turtle 3-4 hours away to a rescue center for injured sea turtles. Unfortunately, this young female did not survive the night prior to transport.
Volunteers went back to the beach to collect this female’s eggs and brought them to the hatching nursery where they would be more likely to survive under the care of the Junquilla turtle project, Associación Vida Verdiazul. Thanks are owed to the many people who gave their time and efforts to this turtle and her legacy.