Last weekend, hundreds of moronic tourists invaded Playa Ostional near Sarara, Costa Rica. They came to “observe” the annual mass migration of sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. Brought to the national wildlife refuge by paid tour guides, the thoughtless mob swarmed the beach, disturbing the turtles and disrupting their nesting. Five park rangers from the Refugio Camaronal tried to move the crowd back off of the beach to no avail. The gormless cretins took selfies, turned over turtles, and even put children on to the backs of the struggling animals.
Many years ago, when I lived in South Florida just a few blocks from the beach, local residents would guard the shore each year when the turtles returned to lay their eggs. And after the turtles completed nesting and returned to the ocean, volunteers protected the nests with fences and signs. When the babies hatched, we rushed to the beach to help them into the surf and to protect them from sea gulls. Has the world changed that much ?