Photos of Beach Tourists Prove We’re Becoming Disconnected From Nature
By Vic Bishop
Long before the days of 24-hour convenience stores and instant communication, human beings lived in some semblance of harmony with nature. People used to know that we too are also a part of the circle of life and that respect is what holds it all together. Sadly, so many have totally lost this connection now and even the most basic understanding and appreciation of other forms of life can be hard to find.
Here are pictures to prove it.
At Ostenial beach in beautiful Costa Rica this past weekend, hundreds of tourists and tour guides swarmed a protected sea turtle habitat like gangbusters, creating a shocking scene where a mob of excited idiots completely disrupted dozens of delicate turtles, preventing them from laying eggs, and then trampling many of their nests.
The authorities were called in, but were ineffective at stopping the mob scene as jubilant revelers posed for selfies with turtles, splashed in the waves with them, and let their children ride on the backs of these pregnant and confused mothers-to-be.
“Refuge administrator Carlos Hernández, told the daily La Nación he had never seen that many people at the beach, located in the canton of Santa Cruz. Some tourists touched the turtles, others stood on top of the nests, and parents placed their children on top of the turtles to take photographs the group reported.” [Tico Times]
Take a look at some of the photos posted on Facebook:
“Ostional receives massive turtle arrivals, known as arariba das, almost every month. But September and October are the peak months of the season, and tourism companies increase tours to watch the turtles’ arrival and nesting.” [Tico Times]
For people who work with marine turtles, such as Author Jonathon Miller-Weisberger of eco-lodge Guaria de Osa, this is an extreme example of a common problem. He says that as both tourists and the communities that live near nesting realize the growing dangers these turtles face, they must learn to change their ways about how they interact with him.
A couple of years ago, a turtle rescue volunteer was murdered on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica while protecting nests from poachers who hunt turtle eggs at night to eat and to consume as a delicacy in local drinking pubs. The case was thrown out of court on a technicality years later, and the murderers were set free, proving that it is not easy to protect marine life, or those who sacrifice themselves for it.
Just a couple of generations ago, people understood nature more and had an inherent concern for it.With that now apparently gone, how much longer will humans and the animal kingdom be able to co-exist?
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Vic Bishop is a staff writer for Waking Times.
– Photos are courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/GeografiadeCR?fref=photo