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Sea Turtles

david and i left antigua and headed in a bus and then a boat across a mangrove swamp to monterrico, a beach on guatemala's pacific coast.

 

the hotel we finally wound up at, covered in sweat, lugging our packs, just happened to be next to a sea turtle reserve. after playing on the hot black sand and getting slammed by waves on the shore for a bit, we were told by a couple we'd met that for

a small fee, anyone can release a baby sea turtle to the sea at sunset.

 

i wasn't going to miss that.

 

these children had just exchanged tickets for sea turtles and were inspecting their new babies, moments before their release.

 

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Taken on January 20, 2008