March 15, 22 & 29, 2019 departures only
Visit Osa Conservation and learn about their program that monitors the nesting activity, predation rates, and hatchling success of these incredible species. Take part in activities, enjoy dinner with a sunset cocktail, and when it gets dark, patrol the beach to search for nesting green sea turtles. March departures only; nature-dependent viewings.
Osa Conservation's staff and volunteers gather important population and reproductive data while helping deter and educate poachers who collect turtle eggs for consumption or sale. Osa Conservation has been collecting data and working in communities to support outreach and protection of sea turtles for more than 10 years. Their work has been conducted primarily at Piro and Pejeperro beaches, both of which are considered critical nesting sites. The conservation efforts are paying off, with hatching rates rising significantly—by the thousands—over the past few years.
Every year, turtles return to the same beaches in Costa Rica to lay their eggs. Thousands of sea turtles head to both the Pacific and Caribbean shores every month of the year, with hatchlings emerging somewhere every day. This means there’s a good chance you’ll see them when you travel to Costa Rica.
Costa Rica has four species of sea turtle that visit the Pacific and Caribbean coasts at various times of year: olive ridley, leatherback, green, and hawksbill sea turtles. There are seven species in the world—and all of them are considered threatened or endangered due to poaching, predation, habitat disturbance and degradation, and in-water threats. Sea turtle populations are incredibly susceptible to human and environmental threats and are in urgent need of global protection. They’re amazing creatures that spend months, years, or, for some males, their entire lives feeding in the open ocean, up to thousands of kilometers from shore. But each one is born on land, and sea turtle females must return to land to dig nests and lay eggs.
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