On a sunny October morning on Carate beach we had the joy of celebrating the 6th Annual Sea Turtle Festival. We had over 100 participants from the Carate community, neighboring communities and from Puerto Jimenez.
To the rhythm of music we begun the first friendly competition: Sandy Sea Turtle Sculptures, with the theme being that of “What does a Sea Turtle eat?” We had three winning families, and they each took home t-shirts with the festivals yearly logo on it. We continued the fun and celebration by opening up a racetrack where groups of 3 children had to respond to different questions about biology and sea turtle conservation.
All the festival participants, children and adult alike, learned many different aspects of sea turtle adaptations, diseases, and how to evaluate a sea turtles health and how to provide rescue – training based off of real activities performed by “Reserva Playa Tortuga” (Beach Turtles Reserve). Osa Conservation’s workshop taught participant about marcoinvertebrates that live in bodies of water and how to use quality indicators to evaluate water health.
Theater, charades, face painting, and recyclable turtle and jellyfish sculpting, were just some of the fun activities participants got to participate and enjoy throughout the day. The whole event was rounded off by a wonderful lunch donated by the Carate community and Osa Conservation. What a great day!
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