Science and Research, Sea Turtles

Nature’s Process: Observing a healing green sea turtle

By Katie Mascovich

The green sea turtle’s wounds are healing naturally

No two night patrols on the Osa are the same, but they usually have the same rhythm. Every now and then, however, something unexpected happens that makes the whole night worthwhile.

On November 3, I had one of these experiences. But to fully understand it, I have to tell you about the patrol I had on October 21. That night I was patrolling Pejeperro Beach with Emily, another Research Field Assistant. It was one of those long nights where we knew we would not be back to the station and in our beds until dawn.

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