From 9 to 5, Kira Watkins is a science educational publishing professional. But in her free time this landlocked surfer, conservationist and sea turtle enthusiast from Austin, Texas travels to find good waves and to volunteer with conservation organizations. This past winter, ASC paired her with the Marine Microplastics project during her trip to the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica to surf and volunteer in Playa Guiones, Nosara, and Ostional.
After walking along the beach for almost an hour, I found myself sitting on my knees in the cool, black sand above the high-tide line, under swaths of diamonds painted across the night sky. My city girl eyes were kicking and punching the powerful darkness, but all my other senses wanted to take over. I felt all at once afraid, vulnerable, and alone but connected, excited, and alive. It’s like the way I feel when I am out there surfing in the deep blue unknown. I looked in front of me and saw a large relic turtle mama building her nest in front of me. She filled her nest with soft, jelly white eggs, and then replaced the sand and “danced” on top of the nest until it was difficult to tell she had ever emerged from the deep blue. It was all so perfectly wild.