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Ricardo Tapilatu: Falling in love with sea turtles

  • Nani Afrida

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 19 2013   /  12:07 pm

Courtesy of Ricardo TapilatuPeople say true love lasts forever. For Ricardo Tapiatu, his true love is the sea turtle, especially the leatherback sea turtle.

This native Papuan is happy spending nights watching turtles laying their eggs on the beach, measuring the size of female turtles or checking their nests. He has been doing these activities for almost twenty years and never found himself getting bored.

“I’ve slept on the beach after working with the turtles all night. I’ve woken up in the morning with the sun shining and the birds singing. It’s a nice experience,” Ricardo, who is a researcher and a Fulbright grantee, told The Jakarta Post recently.

This is not love at the first sight, as Ricardo’s experience with turtles has a long history. Starting when he was a teenager in high school in 1980, he saw many boats come from Jamursba Medi beach to sell ...