Thousands of sea turtles arrive on Playa Ostional
Hundreds of thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles have begun their annual descent on Playa Ostional on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. Officials from the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) confirmed that the nesting season officially kicked off Sunday with the season’s first mass nesting event, known locally as an arribada.
From mid-June through December, arribadas occur in the days preceding each full moon, when more than 100,000 turtles arrive to lay their eggs on the beach. Because of the enormous quantities of eggs on the beach, Ostional is the only beach in Costa Rica where it is legal to harvest turtle eggs for consumption. Locals dig up and collect approximately 1 percent of the total eggs laid on the beach.
Here are photos from an arribada in 2012:
You may be interested
Canada helps protect vulnerable sectors in Central America against pandemicAFP - September 18, 2020
Canada has allocated more than half a million dollars in aid to combat Covid-19 in vulnerable sectors of Nicaragua, Honduras…
Costa Rica to propose fiscal adjustments before negotiations with IMFAlejandro Zúñiga - September 17, 2020
The Costa Rican government on Thursday will announce details about its upcoming negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), from…
Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Thursday, September 17Alejandro Zúñiga - September 17, 2020
Costa Rica announced 17 new coronavirus-related deaths over the last day for a total of 666, according to official data…