Sea Turtle Arrivals

5 of 7 species of sea turtles 4 of them nest in CR / 212 km (132 mil) Carribbean Shore 1016km (611 mil) Pacific Coast
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5 of the 7 species of the world sea turtles happen in Costa Rica every year and 4 of them nest in Costa Rica´s 212 km (132 mi) of Caribbean Shore and 1016 km (611 mi) of Pacific Coast. Turtle nesting generally is a nocturnal event, but some individuals can be seen during the sunrise.

The Olive Ridley sea turtle is the only species which arrives by the thousands along the Pacific. The Leatherback, Hawksbill and the Loggerhead come out of the ocean one by one to lay eggs. The Pacific Green turtle is a sub-species of the Green sea turtle. Separated from its Caribbean relatives, Pacific Green turtles adopted the habit of laying eggs alone. The Green turtles of the Caribbean, in contrast, emerge from the ocean by the hundreds. Because individuals spread out over a large geographical area, the Green turtle’s nesting pattern is not considered a massive arrival.

The 7 sea turtle species that grace our oceans belong to a unique evolutionary lineage that dates black at least 110 million years. Sea turtles fall into 2 main subgroups: (a) the unique family Dermochelyidae which consists of a single species, the leatherback, and (b) the family Cheloniidae, which comprises the 6 species of hard-shelled sea turtles.

Leatherback

Leatherback*
(Dermochelys coriacea)

Flatback

Flatback
(Natator depressus)

Green

Green*
(Chelonia mydas)

Loggerheady

Loggerhead*
(Carreta carreta)

Kemps

Kemp’s
(Lepidochelys kempii)

Hawksbill

Hawksbill*
(Eremochelys imbricata)

Olive Ridley

Olive ridley*
(Lepidochelys olivacea)

*Present in Costa Rica

Source: The State of the World´s Sea Turtles

SEA TURTLE ARRIVALS HOTSPOTS
Hotspot-Turtle-Map

Source: Sergio Arias & Randall Ureña

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