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Day 3, Sunday 
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Overview of the Day

Again, the early sun.  However this time I didn't get up, I just burrowed down into my sleeping bag until I couldn't stand the heat anymore.  Today Eric and Ila treated the group to blueberry pancakes.  You two are amazing.  Everybody did their own things in the morning. Eric, Ila, Pat, Pat's German Shepard friend and I walked out to a lighthouse we saw yesterday on our boat trip.  Eric, Ila and I all found Sand Dollars on a sand bar along the way. The dog was very friendly and chased just about anything we threw. Pat finally found some good driftwood to throw and became the dogs friend for life. The other part of the group went into the small town and explored the fishing and mining museum.  After lunch we met up with Antonio, a marine biologist who has lived their for the last 25 years. He took us to his sea turtle research facility and gave us a talk about his work in characterizing their traveling lanes. In conjunction with Japanese scientists, they have mapped out the routes these turtles swim between North and South America and Japan. Antonio's goal is to help stem the massive killing of sea turtles by incidental capture in fishing nets, by providing enough data to establish no fishing zones. Pretty fascinating, but what was real cool was when he let us climb into one of the turtle tanks to help clean. Ok, it was hard and slimy work, but we got to scrub the tank, then the turtles. Some sort of algae grows on their shells from the tanks and they need to have it scrubbed off. They don't seem to like it at all, but it's good for them I guess. 

After the turtles, we played a few games of horseshoes on the beach.  It was the first time I had ever played!  Then we napped, took hot showers and walked down the beach to a small restaurant owned by an American couple for dinner. Post dinner activities included smores by the camp fire and spotting satellites passing overhead in the crystal clear night sky.

Antonio Resendiz, 47 yrs. old. Camp Director. Received degree in Fisheries Biology from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México - México City, 1977. Antonio is acting director of the Centro Regional de Investigacion Pesquera (CRIP) Sea Turtle Research Station in Bahía de los Angeles (since 1978). He is also owner/director of Campo Archelon, our beachfront research station and base of operations. Bilingual. Responsible for all work focusing on captive turtles and coordination of activities with local guides. 

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