Jairo Mora was a 26 year old Costa Rican Conservationist. Jairo began patrolling the beaches near his home when he was just 7 years old protecting the sea turtles from poachers. He vowed his life to this cause, and tragically he also gave his life for it. Jairo was murdered by poachers while he was working to protect female sea turtles while laying eggs.
I was recently contacted by Jess Nietz, a friend and coworker of Jairos, and she asked me to help her and her fellow volunteers to spread the word of Jairos life, the project and cause he protected with his life and the serious issue that is poaching.
For some people it may seem like an unimaginable notion to feel so passionate about a certain species, a group of animals or a cause that you'd risk your life over and over again to protect them, but I get it. I really do. I never wanted anything else in life than to be a marine biologist, to help protect the oceans and all its living creatures. So I understand why Jairo was on that beach, facing down the very real threat of dying, because he was driven with a passion bigger than anything. In my opinion, Jairo died like a hero. In the most real definition of a hero, he died protecting something he believed in, something that couldn't protect itself.
So we owe it to him, to his memory, to all the people like Jess Nietz who has lost a friend and mentor and colleague, to Jairos family and to the project he died for, to spread the word. Let's not keep this silenced, let us never forget.
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My interests besides photography include; Nature, surfing, marine biology & conservation, reading, all things & activities ocean related and travelling all over this incredible planet.