The job of the volunteer is to patrol the beach 24 hours a day for Mama Turtles to come out of the ocean and onto the sand where they dig a hole about a foot deep. As the mama is laying her eggs, the volunteers collect them and put them in a bag. They also measure the mama and document anything they find about her characteristics.
There is usually around 80-120 turtles hatched per nest. After they all come to the surface, the volunteers dig up the hole to make sure there are no more left. They take 10 baby turtles and measure them and weigh them for their records.
This experience we witnessed about a dozen times living on the beach in Montezuma, Costa Rica. What a gift that we were able to experience. A TRUE Earth Mama's journey!