Internet at last! 4 days into my internship at Sea Turtle, Inc and I can tell this is going to be an epic summer. I showed up for work last Monday and started learning the ropes that morning, cleaning tanks and helping out with the gift store. The first intern, Erin, arrived to Padre that morning and stuck around to help with force feeding some of the turtles in ICU, and we helped the Vet Tech, Brian, remove some mold that had been growing in the head cavity of one of our more injured greens (see pics). In the last few days, the rest of the interns have arrived and gotten settled. We began work on the corral, where our hatchery will be, with some of our alternative spring-breakers. Apart from that, the work thus far has been a bunch of random tasks, for me that mostly includes cleaning turtle poo out of Merry Christmas’ (one of our larger green turtles) tank. She has a fiber processing problem, which means pretty regularly she ends up spewing a bunch of nasty everywhere. We have a meeting tomorrow at the Padre Convention Center that will explain how beach patrols will work, and starting next week is ATV training :D For now, there is nothing but anticipation for the coming months, and I am pretty thrilled that the interns are already bonding so well together. I’ll have posts coming more regularly in the coming week!
-The Guero from Tortuguero