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This isn't a "pretty- beach-or-sunset-type" photo, but it speaks volumes about the way things are in Caletas, Costa Rica. More specifically, at the Pretoma Wildlife Refuge near San Francisco de Coyote (dedicated to protecting marine turtles which lay their eggs on the beaches there). My daughter volunteered to spend three months saving turtles at this refuge. Accomodations are Spartan...even by Spartan standards! Fifteen volunteers shared this communal toilet, including myself on my 2-day visit. No, no electricity, no running water...unless, that is, you consider that the guy or gal who "runs" to the beach to fill up the blue can with sea water to flush the toilet can be considered "running water".
There are up sides to all this "rude" existence...like, for example, seeing a 1.3-meter-long leatherback turtle lay 70 some eggs on the beach at 04h00 (which I was lucky enough to see).
Anyhow, sea turtles are increasingly rare on the Pacific coast...estimates are on the order of only 1000 individuals of leatherback still alive. Man is, in his infinite stupidity, in the process of exterminating yet another fellow planet dweller, who, for 300 million years, managed to do quite all right without him.

So, back to the "can".
I'm neither paid nor asked to do this, but, if you would like to help the helpers of sea turtles live a bit more comfortably, while they are protecting several of Mother Nature's creatures, perhaps you could dig into your piggy banks and "shell" out a little.

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