Another Beach Clean-Up to Save the Turtles
| March 31, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011 — Keys Beach

It’s huge. North Friar’s in comparison seems to be just the newborn calf close to the adult female of blue whale. When the bus turns for the last time and we start to slowly go down from the hill we have in front of us all the majesty of the Atlantic Ocean. The name of the first, big, next island on the other side starts with an A and ends with FRICA….far far away. I can see in the eyes of the guests a sort of fear when you approach something that seems to be enormous and you can’t see the end… but I know that even if this thing that we are going to start they will be just few drops in the ocean, they will help, and, by the way, the oceans are made by drops … so better start now.

Behind me 20 guests in this small bus and behind us another bus with another 19. My fellow crew mates, Conrado, Francis, Sonny, Sandra and Angela are packed in between the seats, on the top of the boxes for the water and juice, with bags and glasses that come out from their pockets … It’s a nice vision. Big hats, colorful T-shirts, sandals and fancy sunglasses. We look like tourists but I know that this one is the best army ever invented: The Environmental Fighters. These warriors are the most efficient mercenaries that you can find on the market. They fight for an idea, for passion, for compassion if you want, and they put inside all the energy that they can find under the hats, behind those shirts and big glasses. And they will do it because they believe in what they are doing, and the maximum they will ask you in return is just for some water and a big warm hug … And that’s it. No complaints for the suspension of the bus that is not so right … about the sun that at two o’clock on this beach that reminds me of a movie like Lawrence from Arabia … no complaining if after a half mile down to the edge of the beach they have to carry back 20 kg of rubbish collected on their knees, and the biggest piece of plastic was smaller than our cabin card …That’s the way it should be. In less than two hours we removed 1,080 pounds of rubbish, mostly plastics and bottles of glass.

Dr. Kimberly Stewart was happy like me in doing that. She and her students from Ross University are really working hard to keep going with the Turtles project. I feel honored to have the chance to do something with her. Thanks, Kimberly!

Mariano Peruzzo is the resident marine biologist on board Royal Clipper.

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  1. Julie Said,

    April 1, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    Good job! That makes me proud. I feel that each of us can do our part in some small way. It only takes a start and others will join in.

  2. Sue Said,

    April 2, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    Great work by the World’s Favourite Marine Biologist and a special well done to those on board the Royal Clipper who rose to the challenge. Fantastic!

  3. Peterr Hayes Said,

    April 5, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    Good memories of a great afternoon on St Kitts helping the leatherbacks with our very own “superman” with the yellow sunglasses!! – keep up the great work Kimberly

  4. Sherry Oldham Said,

    April 11, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

    What wonderful memories, looking back on that afternoon. The baby leatherbacks should almost be ready to start hatching and making their way to the sea. Thanks to Mariano for making it possible for us to help Kimberley with her project.

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