Thursday, August 30, 2012

Strong Turnout of Sea Turtles on Guanacaste Beaches

Sea turtles are arriving at many Guanacaste beaches to lay eggs almost every night this rain season in large numbers. One beach seeing a great turnout is Ostiona, on the Nicoya Peninsula, although many beaches have been reporting strong turnouts.

Sea Turtles Arriving NightlyOccur every month in the rain season, being driven by the phases of the moon, especially in the waning phase the nesting sea turtles arrive night, although but often they will begin to arrive in the afternoon, stay overnight to complete their nesting rituals. On average the pacific Costa Rica can see as many as 500,000 turtles arriving to nest and lay on average 100 eggs per turtle.

The Pacific side of Costa Rica is visited by 4 species of sea turtles; Hawsbill Sea Turtle (Tortuga Carey), Olive Ridely sea Turtle (Tortuga Lora), Leatherback Sea Turtle (Tortuga Baula), and the Pacific Green Sea Turtle (Tortuga Tora).

Costa Rica sea turtle volunteer programs have also seen an upsurge in participants in the past few years. Because of this, Costa Rica eco tourism with sea turtles has been booming and Costa Rica has become one of the best locations in Central America to observe and work with sea turtle.

Read the full story on the The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

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