I was sent this inspiring CNN story about Trinidadian woman Susan Lakhan Baptiste yesterday, and just had to share it with you bellas and fellas. I love animals, and I have so much respect for animal lovers and activists. Susan Lakhan Baptiste has made it her life’s mission to protect the endangered leatherback turtles that come to nest on Trinidad’s Matura Beach. In case you’ve never heard of a leatherback turtle, it’s the largest of all living sea turtles, the only surviving species of its genus, and they can live to be 150 years old.

Susan makes me so proud as a fellow Trini, and as a fellow animal lover. Next time I visit home, I hope it’s during nesting season. Regretfully, I’ve never been to Matura Beach to witness this amazing natural phenomenon. I hope to rectify that soon! Big respect to you, Susan Lakhan Baptiste — keep on fighting the good fight!



pets says:
May 30, 2009, 9:39 pm
Before you were born while pursuing my Duke of Edinburgh Medal (Silver) (now called President's Award in T&T)I was part of a group that hiked to the area with these turtles and went turtle watching in the late hours of the night/early hours of the day - a wonderful experience and the size of the turtles - you could ride one they are so huge...next time you're home we'll make a lime and go.
Kinnks.com says:
May 31, 2009, 9:58 am
i saw this on CNN and loved it! When I went to Tobago last year I was honored to see one of the mommas laying her eggs :)
Alana says:
June 1, 2009, 10:54 am
Afrobella, My family and I had the pleasure of experiencing this great event at Matura during a trip to Trinidad last year (We are native Trinis). I met Suzan as she also runs a small hotel that is owned by Nature Seekers (the group that organizes the turtle tours). Please visit their website here: http://natureseekers.org/index.html. Your post today reminded me that I must contribute to their Adopt a Turtle program. Thank you!
p1tey1 says:
June 3, 2009, 8:16 pm
I wondered if you would mention this story on the site! When I read about this woman on CNN it brought tears to my eyes. What she is doing is a wonderful thing, GOD BLESS HER!!!
Ashlee says:
February 24, 2012, 10:37 pm
This is beautiful. A hero to many...I am volunteering this season in North Padre Island. Following the woman's footsteps. Being called " A Crazy Turtle Lady" would be an honor. Love and light...xo
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