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My Costa Rican Turtle Poaching Expedition

Thirty years ago I had just arrived in Barra del Colorado, Costa Rica to begin my new life. Back then and even today the...

Sea turtles in Costa Rica and where to find them: A brief guide

Around the new moon, a great sight usually occurs on the Pacific Coast of the Costa Rican beaches. It's called the arribadas and is...

Following the footprints of sea turtles in Costa Rica

Guards who work for the Playa Hermosa Wildlife Refuge collect about 10,000-15,000 eggs from the sand each year.

Costa Rica Turtle Study Provides New Insights into ‘Arribadas’

The findings suggest a "developmental difference between the eggs of arribada and non-arribada nesting females." 

WATCH: Sea turtles come ashore to nest by the thousands at Costa Rica’s Ostional beach

On Dec. 4, thousands of olive ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) came ashore in the latest arribada, a mass nesting of the turtles that lasts several days.

Police catch poachers with more than 300 sea turtle eggs

Commander Rodolfo Coto, director of the Flamingo Coast Guard station, said that the eggs were no longer viable and had to be destroyed.

Meet Ostional National Wildlife Reserve sea turtle researcher Hellen Lobo

PLAYA OSTIONAL, Guanacaste – For tourists, the beaches of Costa Rica are known as a prime location for rest and relaxation, but they’re the exact opposite for Hellen Lobo, a conservation biologist. For Lobo, the volcanic sand beaches of Ostional National Wildlife Reserve are a place where she works long hours researching, recording and writing.

New turtles arrive at Costa Rica’s Ostional beach, testing efforts to control tourists

After a large mob of tourists made headlines worldwide for interfering with nesting sea turtles in Costa Rica earlier this month, thousands of olive ridleys have returned to Ostional beach this week. Unlike the last time, when mobs of tourists prevented the turtles from laying their eggs, the beach was mostly clear of visitors.

Mob of tourists at Costa Rica’s Ostional Beach prevents sea turtles from nesting

Last weekend hundreds of tourists crowded the beach at Ostional Wildlife Refuge in Guanacaste, preventing several olive ridley sea turtles from nesting along the coastline, as they do every year. Some tourists touched the turtles, others stood on top of the nests, and parents placed their children on top of the turtles to take photographs.

WATCH: Researchers remove plastic straw from sea turtle’s nose

A turtle researcher recently posted a video on YouTube of her colleague removing a plastic drinking straw from the nostril of an olive ridley sea turtle off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The woman has started a GoFundMe campaign to develop first aid kits for sea turtles in distress.
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