Belly Dancing for Sea Turtles in Progresso, Drake Bay Costa Rica..
A remote wave swept beach near Drake Bay, on Costa Rica´s Osa peninsula, was the treated to the sight of belly dancers above beach sands, in front of the lush foliage. They danced for sea turtles, and a few hundred locals and tourists, during the annual Corcovado Foundation Turtle Festival. There were also educational talks, plays from local kids groups, live music and football(soccer) on the beach. Some pigs were roasted up and pipas were chopped open for drinking. People arrived by foot, horseback, car, boat, ship, plane and kayak.
The isolated community of El Progresso, the nearest town to the beach, showed up in full force for what has become the village´s signature yearly party. Actually, its only party. The economic activity and influx of young people and culture seemed to be just what the doctor ordered.
David and Paloma Ramirez, coordinators of the project, made a absurd effort putting the whole event together despite a stupefying set of unexpected obstacles and hurtles. Due to their efforts and the help of some local hotels, the whole festival is going most excellent.
Once again turtle poachers are thinking twice as they see examples of how the turtles can make money and support families and communities without exterminating them. Plus Blue Eco Blog does not think any Costa Rican turtle poacher has ever inspired belly dancers to perform, thus proving that live sea turtles are a more potent aphrodisiac than dead ones with sauce.
Click the photos to find out what the turtles still need.