Police arrest 2 brothers for turtle egg poaching in Moín
Police patrolling the beach near Moín, Limón, arrested two brothers for turtle egg poaching on Thursday.
The recovered 85 leatherback turtle eggs join some 1,000 others National Police have recovered along the Caribbean coast between mid-April and mid-May, according to the Public Security Ministry.
Authorities aprehended the two suspects with the last name Agüero in the Cielo Amarillo area of Moín, a port outside Limón. National Police have conducted joint patrols with conservation groups since March.
Hunting sea turtles and the possession or consumption of most turtle eggs is banned in Costa Rica.
Only Olive Ridley sea turtle eggs from nests in Playa Ostional on the country’s Pacific side can be legally extracted. But those eggs must come with an official receipt, complete with a seal from the Environment Ministry.
Turtle eggs are traditionally believed to be an aphrodisiac in Costa Rica. The eggs are sometimes swallowed whole, served in a shot glass with a spicy tomato-based drink called “sangrita.”
You may be interested
Costa Rica balancing economy and full hospitals, President saysAlejandro Zúñiga - May 13, 2021
President Carlos Alvarado said Costa Rica is trying to balance economic activity with population health, even as the country's public-health…
Vaccine tourism? ‘It’s not the solution,’ PAHO saysAlina DIESTE / AFP - May 13, 2021
Giovanni Torres and his wife Angela flew from Bogotá to New York. Their goal: to get vaccinated against Covid-19, just…
Costa Rica expands vaccine eligibility to teenagersThe Tico Times - May 12, 2021
Costa Rica will vaccinate 16- and 17-year-old teenagers with at least one risk factor against Covid-19, the National Commission for…