Playa Tortuga (Turtle Beach), Costa Rica, its main attraction is its abundant wildlife and stunning natural scenery of towering mountains, lush forests, the ocean and two river mouths coming down from the Ojochal hills spilling into the sea. Playa Tortuga is home to a non-profit organization that works to educate locals and visitors alike about the conservation of Costa Rica’s
The conservation program for sea turtles at the Turtle Beach Reserve wants to promote the conservation of this species, and is open to all who want to help this cause.
Every night from July through December, our team patrols Playa Tortuga and is responsible for ensuring that the turtles that come to nest on this beach, are not threatened by those who steal their eggs for sale. For this it is necessary to relocate the nest to a safe place, protecting it from poachers, extreme tides and other natural hazards. About 50 days later, the hatchlings are born and make their way to the sea.
Less than 1% will survive and return to the beach as adults.
The 6 species of marine turtles in the world are under threat of extinction, and the beaches of our country are home for 5 of them. Turtle Beach is home to the Olive Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelis olivacea) that 15 years ago arrived in numbers of up to 20 females per night, while today you are lucky if you see one or two.
From Ballena Tales Magazine