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No: 058 | Date: 2004-08-09 | French Polynesia, Society Islands, Taha'a

A new life for Shelly. The WILDLIFE crew sets a hawksbill turtle free.



No. of Image: 1
Description: The WILDLIFE crew was fortunate to visit a gorgeous vanilla farm.
Photo by: JF Thye
   
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No. of Image: 2
Description: The fresh harvested vanilla is drying out in the sun.
Photo by: JF Thye
   
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No. of Image: 3
Description: A wonderful smell we inhaled when standing close up to the vanilla beans.
Photo by: JF Thye
   
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No. of Image: 4
Description: Sophie explains us how to choose the good beans from the bad beans.
Photo by: JF Thye
   
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No. of Image: 5
Description: Size matters! Taha'a the Vanilla Island is the undiscovered jewel which is only accessible by boat and known for its vanilla farms.
Photo by: JF Thye
   
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No. of Image: 6
Description: The beans are weighted and exported around the world.
Photo by: JF Thye
   
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No. of Image: 7
Description: The hawksbill turtle sanctuary Hibiscus. Leo the owner raises hawksbill turtles which are given to him by the local fishermen who mistakenly caught them in their nets.
Photo by: JF Thye
   
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No. of Image: 8
Description: Inside Hibiscus many flags were hanging from the ceiling. We encounter two familiar German flags (3rd and 5th from the left).
Photo by: JF Thye
   
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No. of Image: 9
Description: Christian and Daniel slowly maneuvering the underwater camera while Luca observes the situation.
Photo by: JF Thye
   
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No. of Image: 10
Description: Video footage of the Hawksbill turtle Shelly before we set her free.
Photo by: JF Thye
   
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No. of Image: 11
Description: A delicious looking salmon plate which we had at Hibiscus. The same night JF and Daniel threw up_ Was it food poisoning we wonder.
Photo by: JF Thye
   
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No. of Image: 12
Description: A crazy face of Luca while telling us the size of his new friend Shelly the turtle.
Photo by: JF Thye
   
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No. of Image: 13
Description: After Leah made a donation to Leo we took Shelly on board and top the drop off point to set her free.
Photo by: JF Thye
   
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No. of Image: 14
Description: Our two beautiful nurses give Shelly constantly water and rub her neck which made her feel very good.
Photo by: JF Thye
   
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No. of Image: 15
Description: Drop off point is at 1640.28S/15130.92W. The donor carries Shelly slowly to the end of the transom.
Photo by: JF Thye
   
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No. of Image: 16
Description: Seconds away from freedom at sea. Shelly's eyes are visible on the turquoise water surface.
Photo by: JF Thye
   
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No. of Image: 17
Description: She takes off with her powerful legs and disappeared within minutes out of sight into the endless space of the pacific ocean. Good luck Shelly.
Photo by: JF Thye
   
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