These are not sword-wielding turtles moving through the shadows of society to defend humans.
These are flashlight-wielding humans, moving through the shadows of society to defend turtles. They often work alone, usually at night wearing dark clothing. They work long hours for little or no pay, and even less notoriety.
They do it for the turtles.
Until our recent trip to Costa Rica scouting an ASC Guided Outing, I had no idea this underground army existed.
A reserved Costa Rican native named Oscar Brenes, who seemed as much a general naturalist as highly trained biologist, was the first turtle ninja Jeff and I met.