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Sea Turtle Nesting Season in Costa Rica

Sea Turtle Nesting Season in Costa Rica

Between the months of July and October they represent the most important season of turtle nesting in Costa Rica. An event that you will definitely not want to miss!

Where do sea turtles nest in Costa Rica?

Green sea turtles nest from June to October along the North Caribbean, especially in Tortuguero. On the Pacific, they nest from September to March. Olive Ridley sea turtles nest along the Pacific, they nest throughout the year, though on many beaches the nesting is concentrated from July to November.

Costa Rica Turtle Map
Costa Rica Turtle Map

Where is the best place to see sea turtles?

Best places to see sea turtles in Costa Rica are:
  • Tortuguero
  • Cahuita National Park
  • Gandoca Manzanillo

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What time of the day do sea turtles hatch?

Hatchlings use a carbuncle (temporary egg tooth) to help break open the shell. After hatching, the young turtles may take three to seven days to dig their way to the surface. Hatchlings usually wait until night to emerge from the nest.

How long does it take for sea turtle eggs to hatch?

Loggerheads and green eggs hatch in about 45-55 days. Leatherback eggs take a bit longer, reaching upwards of 70-80 days, sometimes longer. A natural or in situ nest will have a hatching success rate of 80-100%, while a relocated nest will have a hatching success rate of 60-70%.

How many babies do sea turtles have?

On average, sea turtles lay 110 eggs in a nest, and average between 2 to 8 nests a season. The smallest clutches are laid by Flatback turtles, approximately 50 eggs per clutch. The largest clutches are laid by hawksbills, which may lay over 200 eggs in a nest.

How do hawksbill turtle protect themselves?

Most sea turtle species have a hard shell that helps protect them from predators. They are also very fast swimmers and are often able to evade danger. Leatherback sea turtles have a soft shell, but are so large that are only in danger from the largest predators (and man).

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What time of the year do sea turtles hatch?

The main nesting months run from May to October, but there are many exceptions to the rule. Leatherbacks have been known to start as early as February, and depending on water temperature, hatchlings emerge well into the winter months.


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