Sea turtles have inhabited the land for more than 100 million years, in their long stay on the planet, they have managed to survive various climatic changes such as glaciations. Despite having overcome all this, today by actions caused by the same man, they are in danger of disappearing.
In Costa Rica you can see 5 of the 7 species of sea turtles that inhabit the world:
-Kemp’s Ridley turtle: This turtle is the smallest of the sea turtles. It measures about 70 cm of length. Newborn turtles are dark in color and measure about 5 centimeters.
-Leatherback Turtle: The leatherback turtle is the largest turtle in the sea turtle family, growing to almost two meters long and weighing just over a ton.
-Hawksbill turtle: This sea turtle measures just under 90 cm long and usually weighs about 60 kg when it is adult. It is sought both in Costa Rica as in many countries of the world for hunters for their precious shell of which they make a variety of crafts such as rings, earrings, and necklaces.
-Green Turtle: This is the second-largest turtle of all known species. The most concentration
large green turtle is off the coast of Australia, although on beach Tortuguero there is a great abundance.
-Loggerhead turtle: This is the third-largest turtle of sea turtles and can weigh more than 150 kg. Recently the populations of Atlantic turtles of the United States have shown an important
decayed. In Costa Rica, it nests very poorly in Tortuguero, although it is a habitual inhabitant of the reefs of the Cahuita National Park.
Every year, from April to November, thousands of sea turtles arrive on the shores of Costa Rica’s beaches to lay their eggs. Both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts are visited by more than six species of sea turtles. The night nesting tours privilege travelers with the observation of any of the ends of this ancient procession, animation or hatching of eggs and will surely offer any participant an unforgettable and unrepeatable experience.