Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Global Challenge: Kwajalein, Marshall Islands


So, besides being one of the most adorable iReports ever, this story about students rescuing endangered sea turtles also happens to be our very first iReport from the Marshall Islands!


Students at Kwajalein Junior/Senior High School assisted local Environmental Safety and Health officials in finding these baby turtles and releasing them into the ocean. The endangered green sea turtles were headed in the wrong direction - likely drawn towards lights in a residential area - before the students set them straight on September 21.



Carol Hockenberger, a teacher on the tiny Marshallese island of Kwajalein (pronounced pretty much the way it looks), went to great lengths to share these photos. "Residents still have dial-up [internet access] in their homes," she says. "At school we have a faster connection, but nothing like what is available on the mainland." Hockenberger eventually asked her daughter, who lives in Pennsylvania, to upload the photos for her.


Hockenberger found out about the iReport global challenge - our quest to receive an iReport from every country in the world - from a fellow teacher. They noticed that nothing had been sent from the Marshall Islands and decided to remedy the situation. "We both wanted to see the Marshall Islands represented on iReport," said Hockenberger.


Hockenberger is on her third tour to Kwajalein, which is used as a U.S. military base for weapons-testing programs. Almost all residents on the three-mile-long, half-mile-wide island are Americans.



We're still looking for iReports from other parts of Oceania and Africa as part of our global challenge. See your country on the list? Submit an iReport and tell us about your corner of the world!

October 27, 2010
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A very good story and a very good first iReport

October 27, 2010
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Thanks for the story. These tiny turtles are so cute! Even adult sea turtles are cute. I'm glad you have helped them and I hope most of them survive to live very, very long lives.

October 27, 2010
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October 27, 2010
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they are tooooooo cute.

October 28, 2010
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They are just to cute to not want to save. Thanks. I will definately print this up for my son who is an animal lover.

September 27, 2011
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Are these baby turtles really green turtles?  They looks too fragile and not fit for living in the sea at all.

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