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We save 10 baby sea turtles, hose down fighting iguanas, take a shot of the "green flash"--and this is a quiet New Year's Eve at Home?

Rox and I decided that we could bypass the craziness of Montanita on New Year's Eve, so we opted to cook at home, watch the gorgeous sunset, and just be safe and sane...

Well, Mama Natura had other plans for us!

In the late afternoon, I was walking by our pump house, when I heard a loud thump on the grass behind me.  Turns out, that two fighting iguana males had fallen about 20 feet with a thud, 'cause they forgot to hold on...

I turned around, and they were both fine, just catching their breath.  However, as soon as they got their wind back, they jumped on each other and started locking jaws again.

The hose was right there, so I turned it on and hit them with a steady stream of cool water...with absolutely no effect!  They just looked at me...so, I figured that they are exactly the same size, and it's mating season, so this is how I left them...

 

 

  

 

 

 It was one of those really super nights to be watching the ocean and the waves, 'cause Mother Nature had some wonderful sunset colors in mind...take a look...

 

We saw the green flash, as the last arc of the sun goes beneath the waves...    The green part comes from the colors of the spectrum being sliced away.  Remember in the third grade, when your teacher told you that the visible colors of the spectrum are remembered by Mr. ROY G BIV.

As the sun goes down, ROY is eliminated for a second (Red, Orange, Yellow), and you are left with Green!  Hence the "green flash" (the other colors are Blue, Indigo, Violet--but you knew that!).

We had one of our favorite dinners cooking as we watched a neighbor girl taking a run down the beach in front of us.  As she got to the right hand portion of our beach, she suddenly began to jump up and down and wave her arms.  She was trying to get her family's attention, but they ignored her.  We put the glasses on her, and saw a bunch of baby sea turtles heading to the water.

The mama sea turtle comes up at night to lay eggs, and then covers about 100 of them, so that predators can not find them.  In about 8 weeks they hatch, but wait to absorb their yolk (for energy), and for the sand to cool, thus telling them that it is getting dark, and that most predators will be gone.

These little guys come out of the hole and head downhill, or toward the white caps of breaking waves.  Last night, however, our surf had really picked up, and the little fellows were being rolled over and over and kept washing back in.

Only 2 percent of these make it to adulthood.  So...Rox ran back to the house, got a plastic bucket and filled it with sea water, and we collected 10 babies, to give them a fighting chance.

Almost everything out there will eat or kill them--crabs, birds, dogs, car tires, plus, who knows what happens when they get in the water?

It is vitally important that they use their "frenzy" to strengthen their flippers.  Our ten little guys did not stop swimming for 16 hours straight!

 Here are some shots telling the story...

 

 

It's a good sign when the babies survive the first night and are still swimming strongly.

  

 

This morning we hot-footed it down to the "rescue" branch of the Valdivia Aquarium--about 10 miles south of us.  Here you see our bucket next to two of theirs.  Their turtles are two months old.

It made us feel good that the guys here knew exactly what to do to nurture the babies.  They eat shrimp, by the way, and we have lots of that here!

 Notice how their coloring is more distinct.

This is Rox transferring them to their new home for about the next six months...They take down our information and email us about progress for donated mammals.

 

Rox is signing the register--I guess we are still considered the "owners".    Before we left, we made a contribution toward food and care for our babies...

 

She also took a shot of a resident penguin and a couple of pelicans.  They usually reside permanently when they are damaged enough so they can't survive in the wild.

 

 As I was reading a couple of articles about "hatchlings", I was interested when they said that after the baby turtles go into the ocean, they are gone, without a trace, for 10 years!  They re-surface when they are about as big as a dinner plate.  These are called the "lost years". 

All and All, a very nice ending for the year 2011, and a terrific beginning for 2012--let's all hope it continues!!!

 

Posted on Sun, January 1, 2012 at 01:07PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments7 Comments | References13 References

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Reader Comments (7)

Way to go guys! They are so cute!

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCandace

What a great experience specially watching the sunset.I love your pictures.Take good care of the sea turtles to multiply more.

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGarage Equipment

The sunset photos are so beautiful. We saw the moom here (Cuenca) on New Years eve and I was so thrilled, it's not a sight we see too much. Add that to the sunset photos you have and I think the end of 2011 was perfect! Oh and those baby turtles are so sweet. Very happy you saved them and they did not become dinner for someone/something!

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I love your photos and thanks for including sunset shot often. Happy Belated Birthday! Thanks for all y'all do in your community - you are certainly 'good neighbors'. (Shrimp? did you say y'all have lots of shrimp there? :) Love the photos of the new suite. Do you live next door or do you have two rental suites? Fabulous to be able to look out the windows and see the Pacific Ocean in all it's glory. Happy New Year.

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTwila

Just a typical day at the office!!!!!!!!

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShelagh

Loved the pictures of the turtles and the sunset. Can't wait to come and be your neighbors for a few weeks. Look out we arrive the 26.

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLouise Baudin

What a good deed! Saving them helps preserve our extinct species. I hope you could save a lot of animals again.

February 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpet food

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