Magazine article Multicultural Education

Tortuga Squad: Kids Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

Magazine article Multicultural Education

Tortuga Squad: Kids Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

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Tortuga Squad: Kids Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica Tortuga Squad: Kids Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica By Cathleen Burnham Crickhollow Books: ages 7-12

In Costa Rica today it is illegal to kill a sea turtle because they are an endangered species. Poachers still kill animals mainly because the people are poor and have always eaten turtle meat. But with the encouragement of conservationists, and, of course, when the people see how hard their children work to save and protect the turtles, attitudes have changed on the island of Parismina, Costa Rica. The Tortuga Squad is a group of village children (one as young as six-years-old) who take turns guarding the beach after sundown and just before sunrise. This is when the mama turtles come out of the sea to lay their eggs.

Little Bianca watches as a poacher flips the mama turtle over on her back then quickly fills a plastic bag with turtle eggs and takes off. …

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