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Turtle Watch Volunteering at Levera Beach

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A permit is required to access Levera beach (in northern Grenada), so they can control the environment and conserve this key nesting site for endangered Leatherback turtles. Volunteer researchers are on the beach every night between April and July from 8pm-6am, tagging turtles, monitoring nests, and (in this case) relocating eggs being laid too close to the ocean to somewhere with a better chance of survival.

To a turtle-enthusiast, this could well be a religious experience. Learning about and getting so close to – even touching – an endangered creature like a Leatherback turtle is a unique and powerful thing. There were people on our tour who make a point of visiting places on vacation where turtle watching is available.

My moment of connection came when the turtle grunted. I suddenly related to these gentle slow-moving creatures, empathetically understanding my sister creature’s belaboured sigh of effort in laying all those eggs (not that I’ve laid any eggs recently, but you know. That’s why they call it empathy).

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Written by  Nora Dunn.

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