On a warm night in May, 16-year-old James Wilson found himself standing on a beach in Trinidad and Tobago, witnessing a remarkable sight. He watched as a giant rock emerged from the ocean, only to realize it was actually a leatherback sea turtle making its way onto the shore. James, the youngest member of a volunteer group, spent a week collecting information on these endangered species to contribute to their conservation. Leatherback sea turtles have been around for millions of years, yet there is still much we don't know about them. By observing and documenting their size, movements, and nesting behaviors, volunteers like James help scientists understand these creatures better and develop strategies to protect them. Through his experience, James learned about the delicate nature of the turtles, their meticulous nesting process, and the resilience of baby hatchlings facing the challenges of reaching the water. He encourages others to engage with nature and find ways, big or small, to make a positive impact on the environment.
Photo Credit: Sophia Müller