World Turtle News, 09/26/2019
Jaque, Panama: the hard-to-reach town whose volunteers protect sea turtles
The task has been further complicated by the drug traffickers who ply this jungle as well.
Jaque, a town of 2,000, is only reached by air or sea. Valencia and his allies built a hatchery here shaded by wood and wire. Inside, they place the eggs in baskets where they’ll hatch in two months’ time. Then the baby turtles will be released to the sea.
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Photo from Arnulfo Franco/Associated Press.