By the end of September we had recorded over 446 nests; although we are still about 53% below the last five year average. 400 nests were placed within the box nursery, while 21 nests were left on the beach, and 25 nests were taken by poachers.
Around 2:15 on September 8th, just after the second shift began, Jessica returned with a badly injured turtle, she had received numerous knife wounds about her head, Jessica, Michelle and Hailey came across a poached nest, and noticed a turtle flipper sticking out of the sand several feet away. The staved turtle had been placed upside-down in a hole, covered with sand, and stepped on several time in an attempt to hide her. We rushed the turtle to Julio and America, veterinarians/members. The turtle was later moved by Vicente Peña Aldrete to the Naranja Nursery, where she died two days later. (See photo below)
September volunteers: Juan Sr. and Jr. and Librado Flores, Julio Gonzales and America Tejas, Patty and Jorge Morales. Living in the apartments at the end of the month was Season Rackley, Michelle Breinholt and Hailey Rogala. (See photo below.) Jessica Hiller returned home on September 15th. Jennifer, Abel Mendiola and two kids arrived on October 1st. Michelle Breinholt returned on October 1st, a wonderful worker, sorry about the return flight problems.
In the dark on the night of the 24th, I carelessly drove the dune buggy over an eight foot cliff, fortunately I was alone. The impacted knocked me out, and I can’t remember a thing until an hour later when Andres and Michelle took to hospital in Puerto Vallarta.
The injuries are minor, but painful. The side of my right eye received five stitches, with two fractured bones and a huge black eye. A swollen right knee and ankle, and that’s about it. The buggy was fine, filled with sand with a broken battery cable.
The entire crew of volunteers, Andres, Michelle, Hailey, Season were all wonderful, including those who helped us to get the buggy out of the ditch the next morning.
Weather-wise: Daytime temperatures were in the high 80°s to low 90°s, while at times the heat index climbed into the mid 100°s. Nighttime temps in the low to mid to high 70°s. Total rainfall for September came to 19.11 inches, for the year, 57.27 inches. None of the 9 tropical depressions, storms or hurricanes this month influenced our weather.
Regular gasoline could be as low as 2.82 USD per gallon. Regular gasoline jumped to 13.96 per litter. The peso itself has been fluctuating from 18.7 to 9.05 per dollar.