Nicaragua is a place near and dear to Mr. Taylor and Mrs. Ling’s hearts for many reasons, but let us share one with you.
In 2014, after living in Nicaragua for a few months, Mr. T and Mrs. L moved to a different beach town to work at an eco-resort called Aqua Wellness Resort. Everything about the resort and job seemed like it could not get any better, until they walked back on the beach from dinner toward their room.
They looked down and saw a baby sea turtle headed the wrong way. Now, the resort used red lights and other methods to try to prevent this from happening, but we all know that things just happen sometimes.
Mr. T and Mrs. L gathered the hatchling and headed down the beach to search for any more. The hatchling was solo that night, but her appearance made a huge difference in the lives of Mr. T and Mrs. L.
After the restaurant closed and the beach was only lit by the bright stars and beautiful a moon, they released that special hatchling with much love and good luck in her upcoming years of trials and travel.
This exploded an already lit love for sea turtles. From that night on, Mr. Taylor and Mrs. Ling have worked with the local workers and surrounding community of Aqua Wellness Resort by providing education and implementing new protocol while working with sea turtles.
Finally, after a few years of work, EMA is proud to announce Project: Tortuga.
Project: Tortuga concentrates on conservation education with respect to culture and upbringing. EMA will continue to collect data on mamas, nests, hatchlings and excavations all year around. With this data, we can learn more about the species of Nicaragua, we can learn more about how we can better do our part to provide a safe environment for mama and her hatchlings and, most importantly, we can strive to spread conservation awareness to communities who do not know how important they are to the future.
Project: Tortuga is about turtles, conservation, education and, mostly, love.