Turtle Nesting in Costa Rica

It is still possible to observe both the leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) and the black turtle (Chelonia mydas) nesting at Playa Grande and Playa Caletas, on the Pacific coast. November is also the last month to observe the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) on the Caribbean coast. The hawksbill is in danger of extinction because its beautiful shell is harvested and used to make elaborate rings, combs and earrings, among others trinkets.

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