Find out how you can help save sea turtles in Costa Rica!
One random night, Yogi Aaron announced that he would be taking a few of the volunteers on an adventure. Without telling us where we were headed, he informed us we would need to be on the road by 5am the next morning and we may or may not get muddy so we should wear clothes and shoes that we don’t care about.
As we set off just before the sun rose, we headed higher and deeper into the jungle.
After 20 minutes we arrived at the Osa Conservation Center, where we were handed rubber boots and told we would be rescuing sea turtle eggs so that they could safely hatch away from predators and robbers.
After about a 30 minute hike down a steep, muddy jungle path along a river, we found ourselves on the beach.
We learned how to spot turtle tracks and measure them in the sand in order to identify the species.
Then our guide dug a small hole, where the eggs were. We then carefully lifted all 53 fragile eggs out of the nest.
Transported the eggs a half mile up the beach to the conservation area and re-buried the eggs so they could hatch safely in about 45 days.
It was an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience. Getting muddy (even after one of my rubber boots busted) was only half the adventure.
Get Involved! You can come to Blue Osa anytime from April until September and join this noble adventure to help save sea turtles.
A few fun facts about Sea Turtles:
• Sea turtles are one of the Earth’s most ancient creatures.
• There are seven different kinds of species that have been around for 110 million years!
• Once males hatch they go into the water and they never return to land. Therefore, most of what we know is based upon observing the females laying their eggs and then watching the hatchlings.
• After hatching, the baby sea turtles may take as long as a week to dig their way out of the hole. The emerge at night and move towards the ocean, where they live solitary until it is time to mate.
• Mating season is from March to October.
• Depending on the species, the female will lay between 50-190 eggs. But few survive.
About the author Shannon Lynberg
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