Thanks Serge for your personal feedback. To elaborate further--You did see a baby turtle rereleased into the wild and this is a very amazing and rare event because when working with endangered species there is never a guarantee on when or where a viewing will occur. Many people spend every night doing a 5-hour patrol for 2 weeks and never have the opportunity to see a turtle – you, and your children were very, very lucky to see a baby Leatherback in the wild especially since you stayed only 4 days!
Remember the projected extinction date of the Pacific Leatherback is 2025 and extinction is forever!
We are also grateful for your help in removing logs and plastic from the beach as this is another very important part of saving the turtles. Obstructions on the beach inhibit the nesting mothers from reaching the nesting area and these same obstructions impede the chances of a safe passage for the babies to the water. The plastic removal is very important because ingestion of plastics by the turtles is fatal so we are grateful that you helped to save the turtles in this manner-- as every bit really does help!
Moreover, we are a grassroots project and this is a real project and not just in theory. You and your family helped to save the turtles by providing a significant amount of your Airbnb money to a local to help him to not poach! This is a very momentous first step and a very important way that we are succeeding at saving the turtles-- since poaching is the biggest threat on our little island!
You have not seen the full impact of your stay with us. Your presence has given hope to all the locals on the island that someday there will be more tourists to help all the people in this very poor community. Perhaps it is just baby steps but they are steps in the right direction and we are very proud of our success and very grateful for the help also.
I am very sorry that I did not explain in more detail how much you really helped to save the turtles and help our community too. I will take your advice and expand the information we currently have on the island so that all future guest will be able to see the bigger picture and to better understand the importance of all help-- both big and small and their positive affect on helping to save endangered species.
The picture is very large and there is so much more in saving endangered species than meets the eye. The multitude of challenges with conservation is very difficult to comprehend in a short encounter and the Casa de Coco Project in actuality is doing an excellent job and has been responsible for saving the turtles from numerous threats. The Casa de Coco Project is also providing sustainable income to the locals so they will not need to poach the turtle! We are very proud of our accomplishments and very grateful also -- because we could not succeed without the help from all of our Airbnb guests.
Thank you for saving the turtles!