Today began with a tasty breakfast, then the kids that didn’t go on beach patrol last night went to work in the hatchery. The hatchery needs to have all the sand replaced, so it was dirty, hard work. They only had to stick with it for about an hour though, so we set up a pretty good system and the time flew by. They had most of the afternoon off, then they went off in groups to learn how to dig turtle nests, and complete the measurements required to rebury the nests that are found. Tonight’s beach patrol saw all three groups that were out see a turtle, which was quite exciting. Unfortunately, one of the groups turtles eggs had already been poached when we got to it, so all we could do was measure the turtle and get all of her information – the eggs were already gone. It made us very sad, and brought home, for some of the kids, exactly why we are out here.
While the water is safe to drink, it doesn’t taste very good. There was a storm here not too long ago and some salt water got into the well. The water is perfectly fine, but the kids do not like the taste. We have also had a few kids sick today. One of the students said he felt sick at the airport on Saturday when he came – the teachers are calling him patient zero. I am anticipating more sick kids in the days to come as they are sharing water bottles, food and sleeping in groups. Fingers crossed it doesn’t last for long.
Darcie Hook MSc
MYP Teacher, Math and Science
t 604.467.4444 (ext. 144)
12224 240th Street, Maple Ridge, BC, Canada V4R 1N1
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