Spotlight Friday: Turtles, the symbol of wisdom

A friend of mine who I met 30+ years ago in Wau, Papua New Guinea. Is in Costa Rica at the moment. And I really admire her for that.

Why I admire her for going to Cosata Rica?

Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Though its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.
  • Capital:
    • San José
  • Currency:
    • Costa Rican colón
  • Population:
    • 4.872 million (2013)

Well she is there for  a little while to help the sea turtles.Through a volunteering program. There is a FB page if you’d like to get some more info.  She put a hold on her everyday life. For reasons that are important to her.  Left her job, packed up a few things and went to a far away place to help those wonderful creatures. She could of just said: ” I am sick of my job, or the way my life is going right now…I am leaving everything behind and just travel the world, find myself.”

No ,she decided to be selfless and help someone else. That is what I admire. To see that there is something that is not making her happy and taking actions and at the same time not making it only about herself.

She blogs about her experience when she has internet access. And I get all giddy when I get the email notification that there is a new story. The way she writes about things bring back a lot of childhood memories for me.  At first I was a little jealous when I read she’d be going to Costa Rica to help turtles. But then I could read the pain in between the lines. I don’t know why she made this decision, that’s only for her to know. But I could feel her torments, when I was reading her blog and all I wanted to do is take her sorrow away.

I admire her for stepping out of her comfort zone and taking a leap of faith. I think that is what most of us are scared of, this first step. Often it’s a hard pill to swallow to admit that there is something that is not right for one.  It’s easy to say it’s someone else fault.

So hats off to her!

And when I read that she will be volunteering on a turtle project, it all made sense to me.

The tortoise is a symbol of wisdom and knowledge, and is able to defend itself on its own. It personifies water, the moon, the Earth, time, immortality, and fertility. Creation is associated with the tortoise and it is also believed that the tortoise bears the burden of the whole world.

Where else would one go to find themselves?

This reminds me of the book “Momo” from Michael Ende.  It is about the concept of time and how it is used by humans in modern societies. I love this book, still have it.

The turtles name is Kassiopeia,a tortoise who can communicate through writing on her shell and can see thirty minutes into the future.

Do you remember the turtles name in the “neverending story” ?  Yes, her name was Morla, known as the ancient one.

So I do see a connection here. I don’t know if that was my friends intention, but it all makes so much sense to me.

I want to wish her the best. May this trip point her in the right direction and  open up new doors.


Here are the wonderful creations from my Etsy treasury:


To know that a sea turtle lays about 110 eggs on average in one nest, and between two and eight nest in one season, leaves me in awe. But nature has it’s own balance, it’s estimated that only 1 in 1000 hatchlings will survive to adulthood. Sea turtle hatchlings eat a variety of prey including things like molluscs ( snails, slugs, mussels, and octopuses)  and crustaceans, hydrozoans (related to jellyfish and corals), sargassum sea weed ( genus of large brown seaweed (a type of algae) that floats in island-like masses), jellyfish, and fish eggs.

Crabs, raccoons, boars, birds, coyotes and sharks all play their role in the natural food chain as sea turtle predators.However, the threats of predation increase when human development reaches nesting beaches. People who leave trash near the shore, for example, unwittingly call raccoons and other non-native species to the beaches to look for food.

While sea turtles have developed special adaptations that allow them to be agile in water, they remain clumsy on land. They are not fast enough, or agile enough to escape these predators. Unable to retract their heads and flippers into their shell, like land tortoises, sea turtles are very vulnerable to these invasive predators.


These creatures are fine and can fend for themselves until  human development reaches nesting beaches. Or our trash that ends up in the oceans.


Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Sea turtle sterling silver guitar pick with hammered design
by Metalopia

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TURTLE GIFT, Soap with Turtle design, Gift from Hawaii for Girl, Boy, Man, Woman
by AlohaNaturals

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Tortoise Nesting doll stacking dolls matryoshka russian dolls set of 3 by artmatryoshka

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Turtle , hand knitted Stethoscope cover
Stethoscope cozy
by HandmadeFuzzy

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‘Terry Turtle’-a ooak figuer
by enchantedcraft

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Ocean life, Sea Turtle, Octopus, Clown Fish, Wall art prints, Animal print art
Art print of 3 ocean animals
by Rosemarine

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Pink Box Turtle
by JustBelieveCreations

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Crochet Turtle, Amigurumi Turtle, Stuffed Plushy Toy, Crochet Animals
Tammy The Turtle Stuffed Animal
by SandeesKreations

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ITurquoise Turtle Ring. Artisan Sterling Silver Ring by rocksnbeads


Enjoy the wonderful Turtle collection made from Zibbet and Artyah shops. Just click on the picture if you’d like to take a closer look.


Now I want to wish you a wonderful day, and hope you find some time to reflect.


7 thoughts on “Spotlight Friday: Turtles, the symbol of wisdom

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