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mon repos turtle rookery, bundaberg, queensland, australia
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Hatch and release

Mon Repos Turtle Rookery, Queensland, Australia The sun is setting and the beach is empty – it officially closes at 6 o’clock in the evening this time of year. The sand stretches out with no interruptions, just the small waves crashing against it on the shore. The sky is changing from a bright blue into soothing spectrum of purples and oranges. Everything is set. I’m at the Mon Repos Turtle Rookery, on the Queensland coast near Bundaberg. It’s the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland and the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific Ocean. And tonight I am on patrol with the rangers who are going to make sure it all runs smoothly. From the beginning of the season in November, turtles begin arriving on the beach from the ocean to lay their eggs. They swim to the shore after dark, drag themselves up...

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11 February
sloth sanctuary, costa rica, see a sloth, limon
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Sloth is not a sin

Sloth Sanctuary, Costa Rica Slowly. Just a little. He gradually opens his eyes. He looks around, lazily surveying the scene before him. Presumably the tree is the same and the walls are the same. The blurry shadows of people seen through dozy eyes look a bit different. But new people coming in here is normal. Everything seems in place and he closes his eyes again and drifts off. This is life for a sloth here at the Sloth Sanctuary on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. It is the refuge for local animals that have been injured or orphaned and need some gentle care. “It came on completely not under our control,” owner Judy Avey-Arroyo explains. “We gave in to the sloths 21 years ago.” Judy is American and she started the sanctuary with her late Costa Rican husband. It happened when they were setting up a hotel for birdwatchers – but animal welfare was...

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18 December
oceanium, rotterdam zoo, behind the scene, sharks, turtles, netherlands
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Like a fish out of water

Oceanium, Rotterdam Zoo, The Netherlands All around is blue. There's water above, there's water either side, and there's water ahead. Like a fish out of water, I'm surrounded by ocean. Sharks glide past on one side and then a large turtle appears, swimming overhead. Schools of fish dart around and a stingray patrols the sandy ground. This is what it must feel like to be in the sea...

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31 May