I thought I should be the first to inform you that I, mandy moore, hold in my hands a birth certificate.
It reads that I “was present to name, tenderly hold and safely release HANK”, my new baby sea turtle son of the golfina species. It’s true, hank and I didn’t have nearly enough time to bond before I had to gently coax him towards his ocean home but I know in my heart of hearts that he’s a fighter. I’m not sure why the name “hank” spoke to me but once I locked eyes with him it was a done deal. He was ridiculously adorable, by the way.
Ok, so we’re in mexico for work once again (I’m a lucky, lucky girl) and were informed by the hotel staff that the baby sea turtles had just hatched in the incubators and we were welcome to help release them just after sunset. I mean—who wouldn’t jump at that chance?? Basically we all gathered on the beach and everyone was allowed to select a baby and name him (they were all males). After a few photos (which I’ll post) we walked to the edge of the surf and set them down and encouraged them to waddle towards the water (trying to erase the idea that statistically 1 or 2 out of 100 babies will end up surviving). Although it’s kinda mind boggling to think that these same turtles will return to the exact piece of beach 20 years from now to lay eggs and repeat the cycle!!! All in all, I was honored to be a part of such a special/symbolic act.
Be well and send hank some good thoughts!