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Rowan is 31 and has been on Dominica for 4 years. It is a remote and rugged terrain and he needs his 4x4 to get around. He works for the Forestry and Wildlife Parks. He gets home to Ireland once a year.
Pirates Of The Caribbean was filmed there, and he was an advisor with the production - met Kiera Knightly, Orlando Bloom etc.
Huge turnaround in local interest: last year the beach would have been a dangerous place to be - muggers etc, now 300 people turn up regularly to see the turtles.
He would spend 4 nights a week on the beach - tagging, surveying etc. Some of the turtles grow to
5 ˝ feet shell length (170 cm)
Why does he do it?
The awe and wonder of nature. He wants people to see what he sees: boa constrictors, dolphins, leatherback turtles, sperm whales, etc.
He has a big event on July 16th: returning turtle hatchlings to the sea.