cr turtles

Old Mar 17th, 2002, 06:57 AM
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cr turtles

any idea if we will be able to see turtles laying eggs in early May? or would we be wasting our time looking for them.
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Old Mar 17th, 2002, 08:16 AM
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Access to the turtle egg laying area is very organized and limited, you must go with a certified guide.
 
Old Mar 17th, 2002, 12:05 PM
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I don't know what CV stands for, but we visited the sea turtle "farm" on Isles Mujeres, and it was fascinating.
 
Old Mar 17th, 2002, 03:28 PM
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i do not see a "cv" on this thread so i cant help you. thanks for the replys though, do these things go year round? i do realize the importance of being a well looked after process and protection, due to the low survival rate. just wondering if you can actually see turtles in may.
 
Old Mar 20th, 2002, 05:10 AM
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Hi Scott,
Just got back from CR and the turtle "season" ends at the beginning of March so you will not see any egg laying in May. We arrived too late for that also but were lucky enough to see some babies who had made it out of their shells and were heading out to sea. Very cool.
 
Old Mar 20th, 2002, 07:06 AM
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The turtle season on the Pacific coast is November to March, as Barb pointed out. However, check the Atlantic coast, I believe you can see turtles there at a different time of year than the Pacific coast.
Good luck.
 
Old Mar 21st, 2002, 08:05 AM
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The Caribbean Coast is THE location in Costa Rica to see sea turtle nesting and the hatchlings, specifically you need to go to Tortuguero National Park, which is located in the Northeastern corner of the country. The two main species that nest in this area are the Leatherbacks (huge, 2,000 pounds) and the Green sea turtles. Leatherbacks nest from March through June with baby turtles appearing about 60 days later. The Green Sea Turtles nest from June through November and once again you can see hatchlings through the end of the year. I am aware of volunteer opportunities through the Caribbean Conservation Corporation that allow you to have close contact with the nesting turtles. You could also arrange a night visit through a local ecolodge.

As for all this talk about Pacific nesting, it is true that Olive Ridley sea turtles nest on the Pacific side of the country. This is actually one of their most important nesting areas in the world. The nesting is based on lunar cycles, the majority of nesting occurs during the last quarter of the cycle. The wet season (May to November) has the most activity with the best chance to see turtles being August through October.

Leatherbacks also nest on the Pacific Coast, however, they only nest from October to February.

Hawksbill turtles, the most rare of all sea turtles, also nest on the Pacific Coast, but cannot be observed. They are so endangered that seeing one is almost a once in a lifetime opportunity.

 
Old Mar 22nd, 2002, 08:37 AM
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Dawn: If I understand you correctly, than during my trip to Costa Rica from June 27 to July 10th I can see leatherback turtles hatching? How would I go about arranging this?
 
Old Jun 30th, 2002, 12:36 PM
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Topping for all interested.
 
Old Jul 10th, 2002, 09:18 AM
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Check out this website for more 'turtle talk'
http://www.cccturtle.org/

Also, when I was in CR during November (guided tour) it was arranged for us to see leatherbacks nesting on Playa Grande (just north of Tamarindo) --- at that time, Earth Watch was doing a conservation project and guides led us on to the beach at night (can't go yourself, beach is restricted) to witness the event. Very cool ! If your hotel is close to a nesting area, they should know how to hook you up with a guide.

In addition to Playa Grande (on Pacific Coast side), other nesting regions are on Playa Ostional-Nancite (Santa Rosa Natl Park) and the Las Baulas National Marine Park.
 
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